Arizona State Hospital

Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center (ACPTC)

Program Description

The Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center (‘ACPTC’) is a publicly funded Level 1 Specialized Transitional Agency located on the grounds of the Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. It is administered by the Arizona Department of Health Services and is licensed by the State of Arizona Office of Behavioral Health Licensure.

Mandated by the Arizona Legislature in ARS 36-3701-3717, ACPTC is a civil commitment program that provides supervision, care and treatment to men adjudicated as Sexually Violent Persons (SVP). All admissions and readmissions to, and discharges from, ACPTC are court ordered. Services are currently provided only to male residents, who are 18 years of age or older. Since the program began in 1997, no females have ever been committed to the program.

The ACPTC provides court-ordered services, medical, dental and behavioral health including counseling, medication services, and restraint and seclusion (when necessary) according to applicable Arizona Administrative Code. Group and individual counseling are the primary treatment interventions. Both are utilized to address specific types of behavioral health issues according to each individual’s treatment plan. The type and amount of counseling received by each resident varies depending upon the individual treatment plan and whether the resident is a pre-trial detainee or is committed to the program for treatment. Each week, four hours each of psychosexual counseling and psychotherapy counseling are offered for committed residents. Pre-trial residents are offered four hours of psychotherapy sessions if requested by the resident.

Residents enter psychosexual treatment immediately following their commitment to the program. There is no waiting list or waiting time. Residents are statutorily required to be evaluated annually. Recommendations are made to the court regarding the resident’s progress and whether they would benefit from continued treatment in a Total Confinement setting or within a Less Restrictive Alternative (‘LRA’) setting.

Treatment is provided in a secure facility for the safety of the community until such time as the person is court-ordered into LRA Level 6 Community Living. LRA Level 6 is attained when a resident has progressed in treatment and is ready to safely engage in community reintegration and conditional release, while still receiving services and treatment from ACPTC. Upon recommendation from the Superintendent of the State Hospital the court may determine a resident is ready for absolute discharge. Residents continue to be closely monitored throughout this period of community reintegration.

Resident funds are managed through a patient fund account. No fees are charged to residents, therefore there are no procedures for receiving or refunding of fees. The program is entirely state supported and there are no statutory provisions made regarding ability to pay.

Accommodations have been made for individuals with mobility impairments, sensory impairments or other physical disabilities. The ACPTC has handicapped parking, wheelchair ramps and doors at least 36” wide to accommodate wheelchairs. Services are also available for individuals/residents who do not speak English.

Staffing ratios assure the integrity of treatment and the security of residents and staff. To provide quality medical care, there is a licensed medical practitioner on grounds at the facility at least ten hours a week, complemented by the availability of a registered nurse 24 hours a day. There is a fulltime licensed psychologist, a licensed social worker, and a licensed psychiatrist available at least ten hours per week. In addition, staff provides educational, religious, rehabilitation and recreational services.

The ACPTC administrative offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Behavioral health services are provided 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. No behavioral health services are provided off the grounds until a resident is court-ordered into the LRA status.