Phoenix, AZ (April 4, 2017) – Touchstone Health Services was one of two community providers selected to serve as an Autism Spectrum Disorder Center of Excellence by Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care. This new Center of Excellence will work closely with Touchstone’s Behavior Analytic Services Division.
“To be selected is an honor and an affirmation of our team’s efforts to develop and provide the community with evidence-based assessment and treatment,” Bryan Davey, Chief Business Development Officer with Touchstone Health Services. “Our families’ needs will always drive Touchstone’s compassion and innovation.”
In addition to Touchstone Health Services, Southwest Behavioral Health Services was also chosen as an Autism Spectrum Disorder Center of Excellence. Both providers will take a specialized whole-health approach that focuses on the physical and behavioral health of children, families, and adults living with or at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
“Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa, together with Southwest Behavioral and Touchstone, will work hard to ensure that children, youth, and adults with ASD have the opportunity to use the Centers of Excellence as their behavioral and physical health provider,” said Tad Gary, Mercy Maricopa’s Chief Clinical Officer.
The Centers of Excellence will provide evidenced-based early intervention and treatment while aligning with the Arizona Vision, the Arizona Twelve Principles, the Guiding Principles for Recover-Oriented Adult Behavioral Health Services and Systems, Patient Centered Medical Home principles, and best practices for ASD according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Touchstone Health Services will base the Center of Excellence from its North Phoenix Center located at 3602 E. Greenway Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032 while continuing to provide services out of all four of its locations in Maricopa County.
Touchstone Health Services, a registered 501(c)3 Nonprofit, has been serving children and families in Arizona since 1968. Our mission is to partner with individuals, families, schools and other service providers to deliver the optimal continuum of health, education and social services, with an emphasis on services that support individuals and families to acquire the skills to live productive and responsible lives.