Division of Behavioral Health Services

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Behavioral Health Services Vision
All Arizona residents touched by the public behavioral health system are easily able to access high quality prevention, support, rehabilitation and treatment services that have resiliency and recovery principles at their core, which assist them in achieving their unique goals for a desired quality of life in their homes and communities.

An Introduction to Arizona's Public Behavioral Health SystemPDF

Created in 1986, the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services (ADHS/DBHS) serves as the single state authority to provide coordination, planning, administration, regulation and monitoring of all facets of the state public behavioral health system.

The Division contracts with community-based organizations, known as Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHAs), to administer behavioral health services. Regional Behavioral Health Authorities operate much like a health maintenance organization.


Each RBHA contracts with a network of service providers similar to health plans to deliver a range of behavioral health care services, treatment programs for adults with substance abuse disorders, adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance.

Arizona is divided into three geographical service areas served by the RBHAs:

The Tribal RBHAs

In addition to RBHAs, the state has agreements with five of Arizona's American Indian Tribes to deliver behavioral health services to persons living on the reservation. Gila River Indian Community, Navajo Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona each have an an agreement for both Medicaid and state subsidized services. Colorado River Indian Tribes has an agreement for state subsidized services. Services to other American Indian Tribes are provided and covered by the RBHA serving the geographic area. Also, tribal members will continue to have the choice of receiving their care through their Tribal Regional Behavioral Health Authority (TRBHA), tribally operated behavioral health program or Indian Health Services.

Who is Eligible for Public Behavioral Health Services?

Arizona residents and American Indian tribal members living in Arizona may qualify for public behavioral health services based on income and other guidelines relating to their specific behavioral health condition. View eligibility information.

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Call us at 602-364-4558, toll-free at 1-800-867-5808 or email us.

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