Help and Hope at Aurora


Stressed. Overwhelmed.
Anxious. Depressed.


These words are commonly used to describe how people feel when coping with life’s daily challenges.

Aurora Behavioral Health System is dedicated to serving the behavioral health and addiction treatment needs of Arizonans through compassionate care, clinical excellence, and individualized attention. Aurora is committed to the wellness of individuals, their families, and the community through prevention, intervention, and treatment. They offer a full spectrum of behavioral healthcare services in a safe and nurturing environment where patients actively participate in their own immediate and intensive crisis stabilization process.

Medication management, crisis management, group therapy, and adjunctive/activities therapy form the core of Aurora’s comprehensive program. Each patient collaborates with their treatment team (which consists of the physician, nurse, patient care manager, adjunctive therapist, chaplain, and all other pertinent professionals) to develop a discharge plan that ensures a smooth transition into everyday life post-treatment.


Mental Health Challenges

Aurora treats numerous mental health conditions, including addiction, anxiety, bipolar disorder, chemical dependency, depression, mental breakdown, psychological trauma, self-harm, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, and psychosis.

Aurora works closely with the behavioral health community to provide resources for patients, their families, and mental health and medical providers. Aurora is committed to heightening the awareness of mental health by reducing the negative stigma associated with mental illness and addiction disease. Education fosters prevention and increases the overall wellness of the community.


Psychiatric Services and Programs

A full continuum of care provides patients different levels for treatment. Aurora offers a variety of mental health programming.

Inpatient Adult Services for patients 18 years and older who are experiencing psychiatric, emotional, and/or substance abuse problems. Caring and highly trained professionals provide an atmosphere promoting stabilization and healing.

Aurora offers inpatient services for Detox and Chemical Dependency. Treatment consists of a period of detoxification in which the patient receives medical care during withdrawal from alcohol and/or drugs. An interdisciplinary approach combines psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment experts within the context of a short-term, highly specialized, and individualized program.

Short-term, acute care services for adolescents meet the needs of teens who are struggling with emotional and psychological problems, as well as chemical dependency. Adolescents ages 13-17 are treated by licensed professionals whose combined specialties encompass depression, substance abuse, aggression, risky behaviors, self-injury, and suicidal ideation.

Adjunctive Therapy provides a variety of ancillary therapies to patients, including recreational therapy, music therapy, art therapy, dance/movement therapy, animal-assisted therapy, gardening/horticultural therapy, and more. These therapies address the goals of leisure education to develop emotional management and self-regulation skills.


“The mission is to inspire hope and wellness in every patient through exceptional individualized care”


Equine Therapy

Aurora proudly offers specialized group Equine Therapy integrated within its inpatient and outpatient programs as part of its holistic treatment approach to healing. Equine Therapy is an evidence-based approach where patients interact with horses to achieve rehabilitative goals.

Aurora strives to provide exceptional individualized care to our patients via a holistic approach to treatment. Holistic care is commonly defined as treating the patient as a whole, focusing on all elements that comprise an individual—body, mind, spirit, and emotions. As spirituality is one of these components, Aurora believes it is vital to recovery to offer a Chaplain Services Program to patients to assist in meeting their spiritual needs.

The Specialized Needs Unit (SNU) is a specifically designed program developed to meet the needs of children and adolescents with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The SNU utilizes various behavioral health treatment programs with a wide range of evidence-based methods, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Positive Behavioral Support (PBS), Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), verbal behavior reinforcement, and animal-assisted therapy. Behavioral Intervention Planning (BIP) and Behavioral Support Planning (BSP) provide structure and consistency to a patient’s behavioral health journey, and proper planning can help patients better measure and understand their improvements over time. The SNU team enhances each program by involving family members and caregivers during treatment and providing training for these individuals, which is vital to helping patients with special needs achieve lasting behavioral change.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), is most commonly used to treat depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia when other ongoing treatment has not worked, including medications and talk therapy. ECT is a medical procedure performed by a qualified psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and ECT nursing team.

Outpatient Services offer partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for both adults and adolescents with customized therapy groups for specific health needs and a dynamic Adult Chemical Dependency Program. Outpatient program participants return home daily after participation, promoting confidence and independence.

Aurora’s mission is to inspire hope and wellness in every patient through exceptional individualized care, as the leading integrated behavioral healthcare system in Arizona. Core values include people, culture, patient care, and community partnership. For more information, call (877) 870-7012 or visit


Aurora has two convenient locations in Tempe and Glendale. Both are licensed by the State of Arizona, accredited from The Joint Commission (TLC), and are certified by Medicare and Medicaid for inpatient and outpatient services.