Rio Salado Behavioral Health Systems, Inc.
Helping People Help Themselves

About Us

Rio Salado Behavioral Health Systems, Inc. incorporated in 1992 as an Arizona non-profit, 5O1-C-3 Tax-exempt, community-based Agency. The agency is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Behavioral Health Licensure, as an Outpatient Clinic to provide the following services: Title XIX/XXI, Child/Adolescent, Adults, Elderly Services, and Outpatient Treatment Services that include: individual/group, family counseling, behavioral management, assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, home-based counseling, DUI alcohol services, and court ordered misdemeanor domestic violence offender treatment program services. Medication monitoring and adjustment services are part of the continuum of care.


Rio Salado BHS is composed of nineteen seasoned bilingual/multicultural professional staff experienced in developing and providing substance abuse and mental health services to majority and minority children, adolescents and adult consumers. The staff includes one psychiatrist, An LBSW licensed administrator, with a Masters in Business Administration, an Associate Executive Director, one Resource Support Specialist, a Secretary/Receptionist and an Administrative Assistant are responsible for the daily agency operation. Rio Salado BHS has an Outpatient Clinic in Central Phoenix.   Our agency experiences many referrals and requests for behavioral health services for clients who are not able to pay for needed care who are not on AHCCCS nor are AHCCCS eligible.


The Agency provides direct services to approximately 200 children and families through a Participation Service Agreement with Magellan/Southwest Network. Rio also has a contract with the Arizona Supreme Court to provide competency restoration services to juveniles. Referrals for adult DUI and domestic violence services are made by various Justice and/or Municipal courts.



Our mission is the assurance of quality behavioral health care in needed, culturally diverse areas. It is built on the values of team-work, integrity, accountability, spirituality, enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility and growth. The common tools with which we build our organization and provide services to our clients are compassion, empathy, professional competence and cultural sensitivity. Through a partnership with the Community, Governing Body and professional staff Rio Salado BHS assures efficient and equal utilization of resources.



  • To provide quality care for individuals requiring behavioral services or addictive disease treatment.

  • To provide a positive therapeutic environment that reinforces positive behaviors and offers the opportunity for self-empowerment, self-awareness, responsibility and growth.

  • To provide within an ethnic and linguistic multi-cultural sensitive team environment, the individual professionalism of each employee that will enhance the quality of service provided.

    The team concept will encourage specific initiative, self-direction and professional growth.




The objectives of Rio Salado BHS are to ensure a comprehensive approach is utilized to meet the needs of individuals and their families and to facilitate an individual's return to their highest possible level of functioning.


Based on these values the following treatment assumptions are made:

  1. That clients and their families have the right to participate fully and actively in treatment. Good communication in the client's primary language among all of the members of the treatment team including the family result in the best decisions being made with the client. Services may be provided in Spanish.
  2. That needed behavioral health services and crisis intervention in mono-lingual and bi- lingual means are available to assist those in need of individual, family, group and substance abuse treatment.
  3. That assistance and education is made available to the community, schools and churches.
  4. That help for Seriously Mentally III clients is made available.
  5. That all clients have the capacity for change and improvement in the quality of their life.
  6. That treatment is provided in the least restrictive environment possible.
  7. That treatment plan development and implementation be based on the holistic approach including race, culture, background and life circumstances, and
  8. That the therapeutic environments provide structure, consistency, nurturing, advocacy and challenging opportunities for individuals to receive effective treatment.