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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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.
  • 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 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.

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Tucson’s Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (MHIOP)

Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital in Tucson, Arizona offers a mental health intensive outpatient program (MHIOP) for individuals over the age of 18 who require more frequent and concentrated therapeutic treatment than conventional outpatient psychiatric programs offer.

About IOP

Learn More About our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in Tucson, AZ

The program is designed specifically for those who are struggling with a mental health concerns. Patients enrolled in the program meet three days a week for three hours each day.

Intensive outpatient programming is the perfect choice as a step-down transition following a behavioral hospital stay, or as an alternative to inpatient care. Patients return home each evening and must have adequate support and safety in their environment. The program aims to stabilize patients, improve their functioning, and return them to their regular provider for continued treatment.

Master’s-level therapists teach specific coping skills relevant to the group. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy are the foundation of the program.  The goal is to teach patients coping skills, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.  Additionally, regular family groups are offered for education and support.

Program Topics

Program Topics in our Mental Health IOP

In the mental health intensive outpatient program, patients receive services through structured group therapy sessions three days a week. These sessions focus on a number of different topics, including the following:

  • Understanding mental illness
  • Increasing mood stabilization
  • Crisis survival skills, boundaries
  • Healthy boundaries and relationships
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Self advocacy and mindfulness
  • Relaxation exercise
  • Anxiety management
  • Guilt, shame, and forgiveness

In this treatment program, patients are monitored by their psychiatrist in the community. Patients must be clean and sober for participation in all outpatient programs. Some people may first require inpatient detoxification prior to beginning an outpatient program.

We are Here to Help

We Are Here to Help, Call Our Admissions Team Today

Please contact our Admissions and Referrals Department at 520-594-1606 to schedule an appointment for an assessment. We proudly accept Medicaid coverage for our intensive outpatient services, and we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have about payment options.

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  • Medicare
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  • and more...

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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