San Tan Valley to get behavioral health center

The San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition has announced this week that behavioral health treatment provider services have been successfully secured for both the San Tan Valley and Florence communities.

The Coalition credits  Sheriff Paul Babeu and Colin Williams, of Rural Metro, “for going above and beyond, to assist the Coalition in obtaining this very critical medical support, for our local area.”

Collaborating since 2013, the San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department, Rural Metro, all Pinal County Agencies involving behavioral health, and both state healthcare authorities – Mercy Maricopa and Cenpatico – have partnered together to obtain and make substance abuse and mental health treatment services readily available to San Tan Valley and Florence residents. A behavioral health treatment facility is projected to be in place by the summer of 2015, in San Tan Valley.

Effective immediately, however, adults, kids, and teens can access substance abuse and mental health treatment services in San Tan Valley and Florence through the following service providers (In-Home treatment care is available now, in San Tan Valley):

San Tan Behavioral Health provides IN HOME outpatient substance abuse and, or mental health treatment services for adults, kids and teens. They also have special behavioral health support programs for kids and teens, with substance abuse and mental health disorders, for San Tan Valley residents; accepting AHCCCS; currently not able to take private insurance. Call for more information:

San Tan Behavioral Health
2451 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 430
Gilbert, Az. 85234
480-507-3644

La Frontera EMPACT will have a facility here in San Tan Valley, to access, by this coming Summer! Until then, mental health and, or substance abuse treatment services, are available to San Tan Valley and Florence adults, kids, and teens, at their Tempe location. Several private insurances, and AHCCCS, are currently accepted. Call for more information:

La Frontera EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center
618 S. Madison Dr.
Tempe, Az. 85281
480-784-1514

Oasis Behavioral Health will provide transportation, if needed, to access substance abuse and mental health treatment, for San Tan Valley adults, kids and teens, to their Chandler location. They accept AHCCCS and several private insurances. Call for more information.:

Oasis Behavioral Health
2190 N. Grace Blvd.
Chandler, Az. 85225
1-800-844-6425

STV Substance Abuse Coalition acts as a navigation point to come back to, if further assistance is needed.
24 hours, 7 days a week crisis and non-crisis contact numbers:

San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition; an all-volunteer non-profit organization
stvcoalition@santanvalley.com
480-525-3562
San Tan Valley residents; 1-800-631-1314
Florence residents and all other Pinal County communities; 1-866-495-6735
Community Bridges 24/7 hotline 1-877-931-9142

If an individual does not have insurance or AHCCCS, all of the service providers, listed above, will work with the afflicted individual – and their families – to review other possible coverage and payment options. In addition, the San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition will act as navigation point to come back to if the afflicted person does not get the help they need from the referral entities.

Sheri George, Chairwoman of the San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, stated, “According to the World Health Organization, by 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide. A truly incredible partnership between the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department, Pinal County Attorney’s Office, parents, county administrators, educators, health care professionals, family members and the San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition helped identify key strategies, which has resulted in meaningful sustainable behavioral health care solutions for the San Tan Valley and Florence communities.”

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated “Everyday our deputies encounter people with mental health issues and there have been few options for us to help them. Our jails are full of inmates with mental health issues and as a community we should invest in proactive intervention prior to criminal actions, which result in arrest and incarceration.”

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