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Behavioral Health

Outpatient Services

In addition to our inpatient programs, MIHS operates several outpatient behavioral health programs for both adults and adolescents with plans for future expansion underway. 

Desert Vista Behavioral Outpatient Clinic

The Desert Vista Outpatient Clinic provides comprehensive assessment and treatment to individuals experiencing difficulties related to psychiatric, psychological or emotional problems.

We treat both adults and children in the Desert Vista Outpatient Clinic. Our services include intensive individual psychotherapy, group therapy, family therapy and medication management (if applicable). The clinic does not offer substance abuse treatment.

The Desert Vista Outpatient Clinic is a teaching institution and unless informed otherwise, all treatment is provided by physicians enrolled in the Maricopa Integrated Health System psychiatric residency training program. The resident physicians are supervised by board certified psychiatrists.

The Desert Vista Outpatient Clinic provides services for individuals who do not have insurance coverage for behavioral health treatment. These discounted fees require payment at the time of service by cash, check or credit card.

Please call (480) 344-2100 for Desert Vista outpatient clinic 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

Please call (480) 344-2255 for ACT admission and referral information.


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.

Please call (480) 344-2251 for Family Support and Education admission and referral information.


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.

Please call (623) 344-6860 for First Episode Center admission and referral information. If calling after 5:00 p.m., you can reach us at (480)341-7073.

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