Michael Sheldon

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About Mike Sheldon

Mike Sheldon is the Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona State Hospital and a Deputy Director with the Arizona Department of Health Services. Mike has been with ADHS for 10 years, during which he has served in several critical roles, including a Bureau Chief for the Division of Behavioral Health Services, the Chief Operating Officer of the Arizona State Hospital and, currently, the CEO at ASH. Prior to joining ASH in 2017, Mike was the Director of Operations for two crisis observation and inpatient psychiatric facilities in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ. In total, Mike has worked in Arizona’s behavioral health system, in both the public and private sectors for approximately 15 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Arizona State University.

At the Arizona State Hospital, a therapist’s music helps with healing

By | October 20th, 2022|Behavioral Health, General|

When Mario Enciso moved to Arizona from San Diego in 2011, he could not have known that he'd see his future each day as he drove between his downtown Phoenix apartment and his master's level classes in music therapy at Arizona State University.  "I chose to live downtown because it was central," he said. "On [...]

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Psychology director came to Arizona State Hospital for experience and stayed

By | August 22nd, 2022|General|

Dr. Kimi Cohen came to the Arizona State Hospital (ASH) in the mid-1990s to make sure her doctoral education in clinical psychology was well-rounded. After training in a community mental health center, an outpatient therapy clinic, and a family therapy clinic, she wanted to experience work in a psychiatric hospital. Twenty-six years later, she not [...]

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State Hospital caring for patients, training next generation of caregivers

By | July 7th, 2022|Behavioral Health, General|

The Arizona State Hospital (ASH) provides “the highest and most restrictive” level of long-term psychiatric care in the state to Arizonans with mental illnesses who are under court order for treatment. Our staff provide high-quality inpatient psychiatric care, using a multi-disciplinary team approach, and are committed to treating patients with dignity and respect. The team [...]

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