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Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit Opens at Maricopa Integrated Health System

February 13, 2017
MIHS

There is new hope for adolescents in Maricopa County who suffer from serious mental health conditions.

Maricopa Integrated Health System this week opened a 14 bed Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit at its Desert Vista Behavioral Health Center in Mesa. The facility will meet the needs of local youth between ages 13-17 in need of specialized care.

"The opening of this facility in Maricopa County is a great step forward,” said Gene Cavallo, MIHS Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Services. “There is a well-documented and well-known shortage of beds for teens with significant mental health issues in our community.”

The latest edition to MIHS’s behavioral health services is funded through Proposition 480, which voters overwhelmingly approved in 2014 to support our community’s only public health care system. MIHS is one of the Valley’s largest providers of behavioral health care, with 219 licensed psychiatric beds at Desert Vista Behavioral Health Center in Mesa and MIHS’s main campus at 24th Street and Roosevelt in Phoenix.

The new Behavioral Health Unit, Cavallo said, will “treat the whole person, integrating physical, emotional and medical issues with the goal of improving day to day interactions with the world. We understand the importance of treating youth as individuals with unique qualities and needs."

In order to provide breakthrough quality and service to patients, MIHS chose the treatment model of care, Collaborative and Proactive Solutions, an innovative approach to providing behavioral health services to youth, developed by Dr. Ross Greene, a clinical child psychologist who has gained national attention for his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model.

MIHS’s Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit offers a comprehensive physician-led, interdisciplinary treatment team to work with challenges ranging from anger management, anxiety, depression/extreme sadness, the inability to control emotion, the inability to focus or function on a daily basis, difficulty sleeping or communicating, or causing self-harm. The typical length of stay is 7 to 10 days.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about one in five youth aged 12 – 17 suffer from a range of treatable mental health problems. In Maricopa County, the demand has consistently surpassed the available beds, so the addition of these 14 new beds at Desert Vista in Mesa will make a significant difference.

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