Construction of our brand new Forensic Unit at the Arizona State Hospital<http://www.azdhs.gov/azsh/about_azsh.htm> is proceeding on schedule, and we’re looking forward to turning the key late this fall. To get ready, we’ve pulled together a “Transition Team” to start planning the transition. The Forensic team has recently organized their treatment units and approaches to focus not only on psychiatric symptom stability but also pro-social skill development and engagement. The transition into the new facility provides an opportunity for these new approaches to be applied to like groups of patients in their various phases of recovery with the ability to be organized by unit. Our new transition team is looking for opportunities to develop staff teams for these units and groups of patients with skill sets to better meet the therapeutic needs of the patient group. Additionally, we’ll study the new hospital environment and develop safe procedures for operation. Having a safe environment will ensure the therapeutic environment will have the optimal outcomes for our patients. By the end of 2011, the new forensic hospital will be fully operational with this enhanced organized approach.
About the Director
Cara M. Christ, M.D., M.S. became Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services in May 2015. Dr. Christ has served the agency for more than nine years. Among her many accomplishments at ADHS, Dr. Christ collaborated with health partners and stakeholders to develop strategic plans for infectious disease prevention and control including the Governor’s Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. She was involved in leading statewide efforts during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, and worked with partners to find solutions to improve childhood vaccination programs. In 2012, Dr. Christ managed the development and implementation of 20 Articles of Arizona Administrative Code for Health Care Institutions allowing integration of physical and behavioral health services statewide. Dr. Christ obtained her master's degree in microbiology with an emphasis in molecular virology and public health. She earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Follow the Director on Twitter @DrCaraChrist.
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