Patient Care

The department of Psychiatry offers a multitude of opportunities for care. We have two adult outpatient clinics in town, a child & adolescent psychiatry clinic, and other special offerings including a renowned Mind-Body Program, group psychotherapy, and our Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER). In addition to our outpatient offerings, we have extensive inpatient services.

The University of Arizona Medical Center - South Campus has 64 adult and geriatic inpatient beds and is the largest psychiatric inpatient unit in Southern Arizona. This unit is staffed by faculty and residents from the University of Arizona/UPHK Consortium Residency Program. This unit facilitates an individual's return to the highest possible level of independence while preserving his or her dignity. The expert and caring staff works together with the patient in ways that help them begin and maintain the recovery process.

The environment is safe, supportive and therapeutic, and is designed to foster healing and growth. The facility includes four secure inpatient units for adults and seniors. Each unit is specifically focused on treating mental health conditions with a multidisciplinary team and a range of treatment options. Patients under the age of 18 are provided assessment and appropriate referrals.

Symptoms and illnesses treated:

  • Acute psychiatric disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Danger to self or others
  • Psychoses
  • Isolative or withdrawn behavior

Many of these disorders may be exacerbated by alcohol or substance abuse.

Treatment plans are formulated based on the patient's individual needs, and changes in the treatment plan will occur as recovery progresses. Plans may include the finest medical treatment, therapy, psychological education, skill-building activities and community support necessary for recovery. Each comprehensive plan emphasizes the value of individual needs and skills, as well as healthy interactions with staff members and other patients. Patients are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, knowing that a caring, professional staff member will support them.

The staff encourages patients, families and caregivers to become active, involved and informed participants in the treatment and recovery process. Social workers are also available to assist patients and families.

In a behavioral health crisis, please dial 911.