Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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.

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Tucson’s Mental Health & Drug Addiction Inpatient Program for Adolescents (Ages 12-17)

Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital is Tucson’s leading provider of inpatient treatment programming for adolescents ages 12-17 suffering primarily from mental health concerns or those requiring medically-assisted detoxification services for chemical dependence.

Length of Stay

Length of Stay for our Mental Health Inpatient Program

Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital is the leading provider in Tucson of inpatient programs for adolescents and teens struggling with mental health, chemical dependence or dual diagnosis. Our youth unit services teens, ages 12-17, with specialized programing to meet the specific needs of adolescents. Although all cases differ, the typical length of stay is 5-7 days to achieve stabilization and enable transition to a community outpatient setting.

Qualifying Criteria

Qualifying Criteria for Inpatient Services

In many instances, people do not possess the judgment to hospitalize themselves voluntarily and need someone to step in to get them the help they need.  By calling our 24 hour patient referral line you will be able to talk with an intake specialist to determine if Sonora is the best program for you or your loved one.  Inpatient hospitalization may be needed if one or more of the following criteria has been met:

  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts
  • Lack of self-care or the attending to basic needs like bathing or eating
  • Disorganized speech or behaviors
  • Psychosis
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Needs medically managed detoxification
Program Goals

Learn More About Our Program Goals

  • To provide comprehensive psychiatric and medical assessments, diagnostic and treatment services.
  • Stabilize the patient and treat acute mental illness in a sensitive and caring manner in a safe location.
  • Assist patients in regaining and maintaining their highest level of functioning.
  • Aid patients and their families in identifying and obtaining necessary social and medical resources upon discharge.
Treatment Components

Treatment Components in Our Inpatient Program for Adolescents

In our adolescent & teen psychiatric inpatient program, we use a multidisciplinary approach with each patient and our clinical team is composed of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, internists, master’s level social workers.  Our entire treatment team is experienced in treating individuals with emotional health and substance abuse issues. All treatment care plans are individualized and include the following components:

  • Psychiatric Care: All patients receive and initial psychiatric evaluation, diagnostic, testing and treatment recommendations shortly after admission in to our hospital. Additionally, they have regular contact with their psychiatrist throughout their hospital stay to monitor symptoms, review medication effectiveness and progress.
  • Medical Care: A history and physical will be completed on each patient shortly after admission by an internist or nurse practitioner. Diagnostic tests may be ordered to rule out certain medical conditions.  Patients will receive follow up appointments as needed.
  • Social Worker Led Groups: Based on the patient’s individualized treatment plan designed by the multidisciplinary team, patients will attend two or three different group therapy sessions daily. Drawing from cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, master’s level social workers promote coping skills, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. Depending on need, patients may also be assigned chemical dependence group, skills group, resource group, relapse group, relaxation group and expressive art therapies.
  • Behavioral Health Technician Groups: Patients attend several additional groups a day with their BHT. Groups included goal setting and social skills. BHTs also facilitate two peer led groups based on “the 12 step program”, emotions anonymous and a chemical dependency group
  • Education Groups: Patients who attend to their physical health have better outcomes with their mental health. Patients attend two different group meetings with registered nurses and dieticians. They focus on medication management, self-care, nutrition, relaxation and healthy living.
  • Family meetings: Family members are invited to be part of treatment process during the program and receive education about their loved one’s condition. In addition, family members are encouraged to connect with case managers throughout their loved one’s stay.
Discharge Process

Discharge Process & Continuing Care Planning

The discharge planning process begins as soon as a patient is admitted to our inpatient program. A social worker will evaluate each patient for available resources including placement, transportation, and aftercare treatment. Prior to discharging from the inpatient program, a social worker will coordinate the next level of appropriate care with the patient, family, mental health agency and insurance company.


Visitation for Family

Visitation is included in the program schedule for all patients.  Please contact us at (520) 214-0211 for specified times. No children under 18 may visit.  Time restrictions for visitation are in place to minimize treatment disruptions.

Visitation hours are Saturday and Sunday only.

1:30pm – 2:30pm

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Phone Call Guidelines

Parents and guardians may call to speak to a Nurse anytime between:

9:00 am – 9:00 p.m.

To speak to your loved one you may call or loved one can call you During “Relaxation” and “Break times:

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Calls are limited to 10 minutes and may be terminated by a Nurse if the call is no longer therapeutic.


Working with Sonora as a Professional Referral

Crises are unpredictable.  That is why Sonora’s Patient Services Helpline, at (520) 214-0211, is staffed 24 hours to answer questions from referring clinicians and potential patients.  If you or a loved are in immediate danger, please dial 9-1-1.

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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.

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