Opportunity to Join the Arizona State Hospital Team

By | July 5th, 2014|Behavioral Health|

The Arizona State Hospital will be hosting a Job Fair next Wednesday (July 9) 9 am to Noon at 501 N. 24th Street, Phoenix.  We’re looking for folks that might be interested in joining our team at the Arizona State Hospital.  We’ll be recruiting for various positions like Psychiatric RN’s, Psychologists, Psychiatric Nursing Shift Supervisors, Mental [...]

The Top 5 Killers

By | May 14th, 2014|Prevention|

The Top 5 things that kill people in the US are: heart disease, cancer, lung disease such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, stroke and injuries.  In fact- these 5 conditions cause 63% of all deaths in the US — which is nearly 18,000 people each year in AZ (about 50 people/day in AZ). This week [...]

ADHS SWAT Team Strikes

By | April 17th, 2014|Behavioral Health|

Last week the ASH Pharmacy began having problems with the computer system that the medical staff use to order prescriptions for patients.  Orders weren’t consistently showing up on the pharmacy computer screen or printing out.  We implemented our back-up system right away, but the temporary work-around was time consuming.  Our Information Technology team made this their [...]

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Arizona State Hospital In Good Standing

By | March 14th, 2014|Behavioral Health, Licensing|

Last September the Arizona State Hospital (ASH) was inspected (surveyed) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The survey team can review over 20 different areas and three were identified that we needed to address: Governing Body, Patient Rights, and Nursing Services.   In December, we developed and implemented a Plan of Correction which [...]

ASH Recheck

By | February 13th, 2014|Behavioral Health|

Last week we had a visit from CMS (Medicare) to check on our plan of correction from a Survey that was conducted last fall at the Civil Units.  Although we won’t get a final report for a while…  we do know that Team ASH did a great job during the survey- ensuring that the surveyors [...]

State Hospital Becoming a National Model

By | August 7th, 2013|Behavioral Health|

Operating any type of medical or behavioral health facility is a balancing act.  It’s especially delicate at the Arizona State Hospital because we deal with patients who suffer from the most severe symptoms of mental illness.  Treatment practices at ASH has changed through the years to reflect contemporary approaches.  Decades ago, people with mental illness were heavily medicated [...]

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New State Hospital Treatment Approach Leads to Improved Outcomes

By | February 12th, 2013|Behavioral Health, General|

One priority at ADHS is helping patients on their path to Recovery at the State Hospital.  Our Hospital team cares for people who have mental health issues, whether for civil reasons or committed through the criminal courts.  We also oversee the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center. Recent changes in security are making the Hospital a better [...]

Patients’ Drive to Help Homeless a Success

By | February 11th, 2013|General|

I wanted to update on one of my December blog posts.  Around the holidays, patients at the Arizona State Hospital decided to take on a project – to help the homeless.   Patients wanted an opportunity to give back to the community in a way that would help those in need.  They chose a project working [...]

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Behavioral Health Annual Report

By | January 10th, 2013|Behavioral Health|

Our Behavioral Health Services team just finished and published our FY 12 Annual Report.  The new report identifies the number of clients served by service area, funding category and program; and includes programmatic financial reports of revenues, expenditures and administrative costs.  In it, you'll see that we received a total of about $1.46B in funding for FY 2012 for behavioral health services.  Our Agency [...]

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Patient-driven Solution Needs Your Help

By | December 13th, 2012|General|

The Patients and Hospital Rehab Departments at the Hospital are working together with the Phoenix Rescue Mission (homeless shelter) to create Blessing Bags. Blessing Bags are large gallon sized Ziploc bags filled with basic necessities which will be handed out by the Phoenix Rescue Mission to the homeless.  But they need some donations to get [...]

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