Autism Spectrum Disorder Centers of Excellence opening summer 2017

April is Autism Awareness Month. This year, we’re celebrating a milestone in autism care. We’ve selected two local providers to serve as Autism Spectrum Disorder Centers of Excellence. They are Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H) and Touchstone Health Services.

The centers, scheduled to open this summer, are part of our Mercy 360 Community reinvestment plan. Mercy Maricopa and Mercy Care Plan are investing in “social determinants” of health—like how we work, live and play—to improve quality of life for people in our community. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects thousands of people in our area. We’re focusing on the Maryvale area of Phoenix.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Centers of Excellence treat the whole person. They focus on physical and behavioral health of children, families and adults living with or at risk of ASD. The centers will provide early intervention and treatment.

The centers will also align with the Arizona Vision, the Arizona Twelve Principles, the Guiding Principles for Recovery-Oriented Adult Behavioral Health Services and Systems, Patient Centered Medical Home principles, and best practices for ASD according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

SB&H serves the community in most areas of behavioral health. It continues to evolve with integrated care, providing a range of services throughout Arizona. SB&H’s mission is to inspire people to feel better and reach their potential.

Touchstone is also an integrated care provider. It delivers high quality health, education and social services to Arizona children and families. Touchstone’s goal is to provide the support needed so that those it serves can gain skills needed to live productive lives.

Together with SB&H and Touchstone, we’re breaking down barriers to ASD care. We plan to ensure that those with ASD have the opportunity to use the centers as their whole-health provider.

For more information on autism spectrum disorder, you can visit Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center.