Southwest Behavioral & Health Services Appoints Dr. Michael Sweeney as New Chief Medical Officer

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(PHOENIX – April 1, 2019) –Michael Sweeney, MD has joined Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H), an innovative leader in behavioral health as its chief medical officer. Dr. Sweeney has over 30 years of behavioral health experience and will be responsible for the education and supervision of the medical staff, as well as ensuring that SB&H patients receive the highest standard of medical care.

“Michael is a proven behavioral health leader with a strong track record of success,” said Southwest Behavioral & Health Services CEO Steven Sheets. “He is highly regarded for his leadership and proven ability to assess and diagnose needs and plans of action for individuals and families. His vision and approach to care make him the right medical leader for the next chapter of SB&H’s history.”

Dr. Sweeney has served in a variety of administrative and clinical roles at the Psychiatric Annex of the Maricopa Medical Center, Alternative Behavioral Systems, ComCare and the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center. The recent appointment marks Dr. Sweeney’s return to SB&H as he served as medical director for Southwest Behavioral & Health Services from 2000 to 2009.

Dr. Sweeney graduated from the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine and did his psychiatric residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions and the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Southwest Behavioral & Health Services. The work the organization does throughout the state is impressive,” said Dr. Sweeney. “The staff is committed to working with our clients and the success outcomes are significant. I look forward to working with the team.”

About Southwest Behavioral & Health Services

Incorporated in 1974 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H) is a leader in the development and delivery of services in the areas of housing, residential care, prevention services, outpatient services to children, incarcerated persons and dually diagnosed adults (SMI/SA). An innovative leader in behavioral health, services are client directed-outcome informed, evidence-based and include treatment of co-occurring disorders, the FAST model in prevention services, the Arizona Treatment Initiative for children and families, and the Recovery Model for persons with serious mental illness. SB&H provides services in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, rural Maricopa County, Gila, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai counties. For more information, visit



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