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Southwest Behavioral & Health Services Recognized by the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program Earning Platinum Level of Excellence in Worksite Wellness
By Marissa Baker - Thursday Jun 03, 2021
Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H), an innovative leader in behavioral health, today announced that it has been recognized by the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program (HAWP) for making efforts to positively affect the health and well-being of employees, their families, and the community.

The HAWP Award recognizes employers that are making efforts to positively affect the health and well-being of their employees, their families and their community by implementing comprehensive worksite wellness strategies. The minimum qualifications to be considered for this award include attending the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program training and developing a plan to improve employee health and safety. The Platinum award recognizes businesses making an impact—both within and beyond their walls—addressing one or more of the many health challenges impacting communities across the state.

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services earned a Platinum Level of Excellence for their partnership with Genoa Healthcare pharmacies, which enabled the organization to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to more than 100 SB&H employees. “Our effort to vaccinate SB&H staff was a strategic and critical move to protect our healthcare provider community and its members. By taking this important step we ensured that all SB&H locations are deemed Healthy Arizona Worksites,” said Marketing Director Lynda Riford.

The Healthy Arizona Worksites Program is a public health initiative offered by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). Its mission is to help employers learn how to successfully implement worksite wellness initiatives to improve the health of their employees and businesses.

“We take great pride in our healthy workplace,” added Riford. “Not only does it help reduce healthcare costs, it also supports our mission and helps team members feel their best so they can work to improve our communities.”

SB&H will be recognized at the Virtual Healthy Arizona Worksite annual event on June 17, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

About Southwest Behavioral & Health Services
Phoenix-based Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides compassionate primary care, substance abuse and mental health services that enhance lives and improve communities. Services include outpatient mental health treatment and psychiatric services including medication monitoring; assistance for persons with addictions; intensive inpatient care for persons in crisis; residential housing, in-home and supported housing services; prevention services, community outreach and school-based counseling; lifespan services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and four opioid replacement clinics. Southwest Behavioral & Health Services has locations throughout the greater Phoenix Metro area as well as locations in rural Maricopa, Gila, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai counties. For more information about SB&H programs, services and ways to help visit