Axiom Care Breaks Ground on Drug-Use Treatment Facility

by Mike Hunter

An expansion of Axiom Care’s Ocotillo Community Campus, an Arizona-based addiction treatment and medical detox center in Apache Junction, recently broke ground as Medicaid managed-care health plan Mercy Care expands its services to all of Pinal County, in addition to Gila and Maricopa counties, as part of its new AHCCCS Complete Care-Regional Behavioral Health Agreement contract.

According to Vern Johnson, owner of Axiom Care — a locally owned, high-growth substance abuse treatment and recovery housing provider with locations in Maricopa and Pinal counties — construction of this larger facility means Ocotillo is a true “recovery campus,” with an emphasis on a continuum of care that has been proven to be beneficial for patients in recovery. In addition to inpatient and outpatient services, the new facility will include a gym, rec room and group therapy meeting rooms.

Along with the construction of the new building, a remodel of a third building will allow for urgent care and administrative office space. The kitchen facilities located in the Phase I property will serve the entire campus, and dining rooms will accommodate each level of care.

The center will feature 24 detox units and 36 in-recovery treatment rooms, as well as outpatient services and activities in addition to the 24 detox recovery units and outpatient operations currently housed on the campus.

The general contractor for this $5-million project is Equi-Team, with architectural design services provided by design point architects. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

“The Ocotillo Community Campus is predicated on the belief that effective and sustained recovery happens when supportive wrap-around services through all levels of care are delivered in a co-located site,” says Christine Stevens, Axiom Care CEO. “Although the first of its kind in Pinal County, this campus will provide service to clients from throughout the Greater Phoenix area.”

Photo courtesy of Axiom Care

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