Banner Desert Medical Center

Banner Desert Medical Center


One of 23 hospitals operated by Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare provider, Banner Desert Medical Center of Mesa, Ariz., provides residential care and outpatient-based programs for adults and adolescents (ages 13 to 17) seeking treatment for with chemical dependency, a primary psychiatric disorder, or co-occurring disorders. Detox is available through the residential program.


The admission process at Banner Desert Medical Center begins with an initial medical evaluation and behavioral health assessment. Residential care functions as detox and lasts up to seven days. Once residential care is completed, clients transition to the outpatient programs.

Treatment consists of a combination of individual, family, and group psychotherapy and medication-assisted therapy (MAT) to minimize the discomfort of withdrawal. Banner Desert Medical Center also introduces patients to 12-step principles and practices through attending on-site 12-step meetings. Individuals with a primary psychiatric concern or a co-occurring mental health disorder also receive ongoing medication management. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be utilized to treat severe depression.

Banner Desert Medical Center provides age-specific outpatient programs. Each program focuses on the specific needs of each age group, and tailors treatments accordingly. Specialized services including medication management and alternative therapies are available based on the needs of each group.

In addition to substance abuse treatment, clients participate in sober living and coping skills training. These include educational components for managing stress, prevention skills, and relapse management skills. Alternative therapies including music and pet therapy are made available as well.

Family involvement is encouraged throughout the process. Counseling for families is available as needed. Clients and family members are also encouraged to participate in treatment activities other than counseling to rebuild relationships.


Banner Desert Medical Center’s behavioral and mental health programs are facilitated by a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, state-licensed professional counselors, and behavioral health technicians. The three individuals polled by at the time of this writing offered two four out of five star ratings and a five out of five star rating for the treatment staff’s level of experience and training.


There is currently no information provided by Banner Desert Medical Center regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, the three individuals polled by at the time of this writing offered two five out of five star ratings and one four out of five star rating for the facility’s cleanliness and upkeep.


The two former patients polled by at the time of this writing praised many aspects of the facility. The alumni would recommend the facility to others.

Both survey respondents offered four out of five stars or higher for the facility’s counseling options, discharge planning, and the treatment effectiveness of co-occurring mental health problems.

Alumni praised the staff members. One alum wrote: “It was very personal and caring.” Echoing this sentiment, the other former patient wrote: “They have a high level of professionalism. It’s up to date.”


The sole loved one polled by at the time of this writing gave a positive review to Banner Desert.

The loved one gave five out of five stars for its exercise and leisure options, connectivity, cleanliness, counseling options, and the staff’s level of training and experience. The loved one specifically praised the attentiveness and dedication of the staff. “They are very good with people,” the loved one wrote.

However, the loved one gave four out of five stars for the facility’s holistic offerings, family participation, and affordability. The loved one added: “Great place to be in.”


Banner Health accepts a range of private insurance plans, Medicaid, and Medicare. Financial assistance, such as discounted fees, free emergency care, and payment plans, may be available to uninsured individuals who qualify.

Banner Desert Medical Center Reviews

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  • they are very good with people kind of slow great place to be in.
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  • They have a high level of professionalism. It's up to date.
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  • I didn't like how they didn't allow smoking. it was very personal and caring