Expanding Delivery of Behavioral Health Services

by Mike Hunter

HonorHealth and Universal Health Services, Inc. recently broke ground to begin construction of a new 120-bed behavioral health facility to be named Via Linda Behavioral Hospital. The new hospital will address the growing need for accessible, high-quality advanced behavioral health services in Phoenix, Scottsdale and the surrounding communities, providing a full continuum of inpatient services across the entire patient population.

Even before COVID-19 relegated people to limited social interaction – an important factor in depression – the need had been growing. Thirty-six percent of adolescents in high school reported having depression symptoms in 2017. In the state of Arizona from 2006 through 2017, emergency department utilization for behavioral health-related disorders increased 173 percent across all primary payers.

Situated on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the new state-of-the-art facility is expected to open in the third quarter of 2021 and will span more than 73,000 square feet.

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