Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Program in Tucson, AZ

Sonora Behavioral Health utilizes Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to provide clients with rapid and significant improvements in situation where several mental health conditions arise.

Understanding Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)?

While many people with mental health disorders respond well to psychotherapy and pharmaceutical interventions, there are those who grapple with certain illnesses that aren’t necessarily alleviated by these same means.

For example, severe depression, depression with episodes of psychosis, catatonia, severe mania, schizophrenia, and some neurological disorders may continue to impact people’s lives even when professional treatment is sought. When this is the case, alternative forms of care may be needed to give individuals the results that will enable them to live healthier lives.

At Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital in Tucson, Arizona, our commitment to our patients is our number one priority and we are pleased to offer people with a broad spectrum of services that can ultimately make their lives better. Given our dedication to superior patient care, we are pleased to offer specialized treatment in the form of electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT.

Electroconvulsive therapy is a psychiatric treatment in which seizures are electrically induced in patients to provide relief from mental disorders.

Receiving ECT Treatments

Most patients receive ECT treatments three times per week, though the frequency of this care for you can vary. When you come to Sonora to partake in this program, you will work closely with expertly trained and compassionate psychiatrists, anesthesiologists, and nurses who will put your health and wellness above all else. Each ECT treatment lasts approximately one minute, though we will likely ask you to rest in one of our recovery rooms for a short while so that we can make sure that you feel stable enough before leaving our center. We will also provide you with something to drink and a light snack before you return to work or your home.

It is also important to know that ECT treatments are best complemented by other therapeutic services (and sometimes certain medications) to ensure that you experience the most favorable results possible. ECT is not meant to be a cure-all, so when this kind of care is part of a medication regimen (when necessary) and individual and/or group therapy sessions, reprieve from the distress of the mental illness symptoms can be experienced. In fact, studies show that 70 to 80 percent of people who receive ECT treatments enjoy a drastic improvement in their mental health after receiving six to 12 sessions.

Our Electroconvulsive Therapy Program at Sonora

Our ECT program is an option for care that is designed to minimize the symptoms of complex mental health conditions, including:

  • Catatonia
  • Extreme mania
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Psychotic depression (with delusions and/or hallucinations)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Severe depression

When ECT is incorporated into your comprehensive and personalized plan of care, you will likely come to experience the relief you need to function in a healthy manner. Additionally, you will also be able to focus on the other aspects of your healing journey that require your attention. This can allow you to develop the skills you need to manage your mental illness in a beneficial way.

An Invaluable Treatment Option

In sum, if you have experienced undesirable effects from taking certain psychotropic medications, have not responded well to other types of treatment, or have exhausted other forms of care to treat your mental health concerns, Sonora’s ECT program may hold the key to a healthier future. Call our helpful admissions team today to learn more about electroconvulsive therapy, our intake process, and the many ways that this invaluable treatment option can change your life for the better. Our treatment center gladly accepts a variety of insurance providers and provides many self-pay options.

We look forward to having the opportunity to work with you as you realize a life that’s no longer compromised by complex mental health concerns.

I know my disorder might not completely go away forever, but I know how to deal with it now. Sonora taught me I am stronger than it and how to be a fighter!

– Vicky S.