Southwest Behavioral & Health Services Wins Big at 2018 Healthcare Leadership Awards

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Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H) has won Outstanding Achievement in Behavioral Health Management or Treatment at the 2018 Healthcare Leadership Awards presented by AZBigMedia. 


SB&H was honored with this award due to their work combating the opioid crisis. When Gov. Doug Ducey declared a health emergency over the number of people dying from opioid addiction, SB&H helped provide the framework for the governor’s executive order. SB&H is working tirelessly to stay abreast of the national trends to improve the outcomes for opioid addicts, to save lives and to help alleviate the opioid crisis through its four statewide opioid replacement clinics. 


“We are extremely proud to be recognized for our work to shed light on this nationwide crisis,” said Lauren Lauder, senior vice president of northern Arizona.  “There is still a lot of work to be done in this area, but we are excited to be at the forefront and helping save countless lives.” 


The Phoenix Business Journal also recently recognized SB&H as one of Phoenix’s Healthiest Employers, in the mid-sized companies category, and the nonprofit was also named a Healthy AZ Worksite from the Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County Public Health.


About Southwest Behavioral & Health Services: 

Incorporated in 1974 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services provides services in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, rural Maricopa County, Gila, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai counties. Our Mission: “We inspire people to feel better and reach their potential. Through helping people discover their strengths, we improve our communities.” SB&H is a leader in development and delivery of services in the areas of housing, residential care, prevention services, outpatient services to children, incarcerated persons and dually diagnosed adults (SMI/SA). An innovative leader in behavioral health, services are client directed-outcome informed, evidence-based 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. For more information on SB&H, please visit

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