Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona to open innovative health and wellness clinic for adolescents in East Valley
Devereux Adolescent Health & Wellness Clinic to integrate physical and behavioral healthcare in one location
Phoenix, AZ – May 30, 2018 – Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona, a nonprofit behavioral health provider, today announced plans to open a new and innovative adolescent health and wellness clinic in Mesa, Ariz. The goal of the specialty outpatient clinic, called the Devereux Adolescent Health & Wellness Clinic, is to provide whole-person care – integrating both physical healthcare and behavioral healthcare – for teens and young adults in one location.
Devereux Arizona currently provides a comprehensive array of programs and services for children, adolescents and adults with emotional/behavioral differences and autism spectrum disorders – and their families – throughout the state of Arizona.
The addition of the clinic is part of the organization’s Advanced Philosophy of Care, which is to provide for a more holistic approach to behavioral health. Specifically, Devereux believes it is critical to reintegrate physical and behavioral healthcare, ensuring whole-person health and helping end the stigma facing people with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.
“Traditionally, adolescents remain under pediatric care until they reach the age of 18. Pediatricians and other generalists typically do not specialize in the physical, hormonal and emotional challenges affecting adolescents and young adults during puberty,” said Devereux Arizona Executive Director Lane Barker. “The Devereux Adolescent Health & Wellness Clinic specializes in the care and treatment of our adolescent population by responding to their unique healthcare needs – all under one roof.”
She continued: “For more than 50 years, Devereux has provided programs and services for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. We are excited to broaden our continuum of care with the opening of the new integrated healthcare clinic.”
About Devereux Arizona
Established in 1967, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona provides a wide array of programs and services for children, adolescents and adults – ages newborn through life span – with emotional/behavioral differences and autism spectrum disorders. Every year, Devereux Arizona helps more than 5,500 individuals – and their families – across the state. Programs include: residential treatment, short-term assessment and intervention, outpatient counseling services, prevention programs, placement stabilization, traditional foster care and therapeutic foster care for children, therapeutic foster care for adults, respite services, autism services and in-home behavior coaching. The Human Rights Campaign recognized Devereux Arizona in 2012 for its work with LGBTQ foster and adoptive families, with the “All Children – All Families” seal. DevereuxAZ.org
About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations providing services, insight and leadership in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare. Founded in 1912 by special education pioneer Helena Devereux, the organization operates a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults – and their families – every year. Focused on clinical advances emerging from a new understanding of the brain, its unique approach combines evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement.
With approximately 7,500 employees working in programs across the nation, it is a recognized partner for families, schools and communities, serving many of our country’s most vulnerable populations in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare. Programs are offered in hospital, residential, community and school-based settings. They include: assessments; interventions and support; transition and independent life services; family and professional training; research and innovation; and advocacy and public education. For more than a century, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has been guided by a simple and enduring mission: To change lives by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. devereux.org.