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Southwest Behavioral & Health Services

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SBH) was established in 1969 as a federally funded program under a partnership known as St. Luke's - Jane Wayland Community Mental Health Center. Incorporated in 1974 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the organization continued to grow as Phoenix South Community Mental Health Center when federal funding ceased in 1979.

A merger acquisition of Community Behavioral Health in 1995 strengthened our position as one of the largest community-based behavioral health providers in the state. The merger acquisition of Rim Guidance Center in Payson, Arizona allowed SBH to achieve another major, long-term goal: to expand services beyond Maricopa County and reduce dependence on a single source of revenue. After 40 years of serving the community, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services continues to grow and prosper.

Our agency employs more than 900 full-time staff with an additional workforce available from part-time positions and contracts. SBH staff and volunteers reflect the cultural diversity of our service area which includes the Phoenix metropolitan area and rural Maricopa County, as well as Gila, Pinal, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai Counties. Our Board of Directors is comprised of approximately 15 community volunteers and guides our organization in the delivery of quality behavioral and health services.

SBH was awarded CARF (The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission) accreditation in May of 1998 and renewed for an additional 3 years in 2013 for several programs, including Crisis Recovery Units, Prevention Programs, Residential Services for Persons with Serious Mental Illness, and Outpatient Services. Historically, SBH has assumed a leadership role in the development and delivery of services in the areas of housing, residential care, prevention services, and outpatient services to children, incarcerated persons and dually diagnosed adults (SMI/SA).

Over the past several years, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services has experienced rapid growth of its behavioral health programs. At the same time, we have developed a reputation as an innovative leader in behavioral health. Our evidence-based services are client-directed, outcome-informed and include: treatment of co-occurring disorders, the FAST model in prevention services, the Arizona Treatment Initiative for children and families, and the Recovery Model for persons with serious mental illness.
We inspire people to feel better and reach their potential. Through helping people discover their strengths, we improve our communities.

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Main Office

3450 North 3rd Street

Arizona 85012

(602) 265-8338