Southwest Behavioral & Health Services Wins Prestigious HAWP Gold Award

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(PHOENIX – April 30, 2019) – Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H), an innovative leader in behavioral health, has been awarded the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program (HAWP) Gold Award, which recognizes Arizona businesses that are making efforts to positively affect the health and well-being of employees, their families, and their community. The criteria for this award evaluate evidence-based worksite health initiatives and promising programs.

“As a community-based behavioral health provider, we have prioritized serving our community for the past 40 years,” said Southwest Behavioral & Health Services marketing director Lynda Riford. “Winning this award only reinforces the idea that we care about employee health and wellness as much as we care about fostering it in our community.”

HAWP is a public health initiative that has been developed through a partnership between the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. This statewide program provides Arizona employers with training, technical assistance, tools, and resources to design, implement, and evaluate worksite wellness initiatives. The Gold Award is HAWP’s second highest acknowledgement.

SB&H will be recognized by the Arizona Department of Health Services for their wellness efforts, in addition being featured in statewide communications, at recognition events and on the HAWP website.

All awardees will be celebrated at the Healthy Arizona Worksite annual event on May 1, 2019 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm at Phoenix College in the Bulpitt Auditorium.

About Southwest Behavioral & Health Services

Incorporated in 1974 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services provides services in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, rural Maricopa County, Gila, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai counties. Our Mission: “We inspire people to feel better and reach their potential. Through helping people discover their strengths, we improve our communities.” SB&H is a leader in 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 strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model and the Community Health Worker (CHW) model in prevention services, the Arizona Treatment Initiative for children and families, and the Recovery Model for persons with serious mental illness. For more information on SB&H, please visit




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