Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health

MIHS is the largest provider of inpatient behavioral health services in Arizona, and offers the only facilities in Maricopa County that conduct inpatient court-ordered mental health evaluations.

Our Desert Vista Behavioral Health Center in Mesa and Behavioral Health Annex on the main MIHS campus treat a high volume of patients with complex behavioral health needs. All patients are cared for with respect and compassion by a multi-disciplinary treatment team that includes a psychiatrist, social worker, registered nurse, recreational therapist, chaplain and peer support counselor.

MIHS also places medical nurse practitioners in eight behavioral health outpatient clinics (not operated by MIHS) across our community. This is important because a high number of patients with behavioral health issues also have significant medical problems. This allows these individuals to get primary care at the same location they receive mental health services.

Appointments and Referrals

Please call 480-344-2195 for admission and referral information. 


Assertive Community Treatment

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence based practice model that has consistently demonstrated effectiveness in helping people with mental illness achieve their desired goals. This service delivery model is designed to help adults with serious mental illness who have the highest needs – individuals whose psychiatric disorders impair their ability to function in the community. This includes those likely to interface with the criminal justice system, experience homelessness or substandard housing or have higher than average use of emergency and inpatient services.

Research over the past 30 years has consistently concluded that individuals participating in ACT programs experience the following benefits:

  • Decreased psychiatric hospitalization
  • Increased housing stability
  • Increased individual and family satisfaction  


Family Support and Education Program

Family Support & Education is a program that partners with individuals and families to treat serious mental illnesses. This program is modeled after the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) evidence-based practice in family psychoeducation.

Through the program, families are equipped with knowledge about mental illnesses; they are taught to be effective advocates, to navigate the mental health system, to best support their loved ones and utilize strengths-based communication strategies, and the importance of self-care and self-renewal. Program participants experience improvements in problem solving skills, increased coping strategies, strengthened network of natural supports, improved family relationships, improved self-worth and decreased feelings of hopelessness, isolation and depression.

Program staff develop a working alliance with individuals and their families to support the recovery process. We recognize family strengths and experiences in living with mental illnesses and support personal recovery goals.


First Episode Center

The First Episode Center is an innovative treatment and support program, serving adolescents and young adults who are experiencing psychosis. Research shows that seeking treatment early improves an individual's overall quality of life and helps the them achieve their life goals. The sooner care is sought, the sooner a person will feel better.





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