Who We Are

Intermountain Centers is an innovative healthcare provider in Arizona pioneering the provision of intensive child welfare and behavioral health programs for children and adults in community-based settings. The organization’s wide spectrum of programs, each of which is grounded in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Trauma Informed Behavioral Therapies, builds on individual and family strengths.

Intermountain Centers provides a broad continuum of Evidence Based Services for children, youth and adults that include both physical and behavioral health, child welfare, education, intellectual disabilities, integrated care, medication assisted treatment, substance use, specialized residential homes, and supported housing. In addition, Intermountain Centers provides food and environmental services.

The Mission and Guiding Principles of Intermountain Centers drive service provision and address the individualized needs of children, youth and adults with a wide range of behavioral and physical health disorders. Services are designed to meet the needs of members from diverse cultural backgrounds and include specialized programming.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Intermountain Foundation is to raise, invest and distribute funds and contributions for the benefit of Intermountain Centers for Human Development, an Arizona non-profit organization, or its successors.

Mission and Guiding Principles

Intermountain Centers (Intermountain) provides the highest quality, evidence-based health and human services to facilitate self-sufficiency for individuals in their own communities and cultural contexts. Intermountain strives to be a model for health and human service organizations.

Intermountain provides programs and support services to:

Children diagnosed with autism and/or specialized educational needs. Children and adolescents who are emotionally and/or behaviorally challenged. Children and adolescents transitioning from one care facility to another. Adolescents aging out of foster and group residential care to independent living. Adults who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness and/or developmental disabilities. Adults transitioning to independent living. Families of clients in need of parenting support and connection to community resources.

Guiding Principles And Philosophy

Treatment Philosophy

Intermountain bases its approach on empirical behavioral principles. Programs are flexible, individualized and built to maximize preventative and positive practices. Programs promote the individual’s choice and participation in the treatment process. Treatment processes include assessing individual skills, setting goals and devising strategies to attain set goals. Intermountain strives to support members in their own families, homes and communities, wherever possible, through education, vocational training and family-based services. Intermountain provides foster care, residential and other services to individuals needing a better alternative than remaining in their family, home or community. Self-sufficiency, independence and self-management are implicit goals of the Intermountain programs. Intermountain is committed to utilizing holistic services, when appropriate, rather than limiting to only clinical services. Programs promote the integration of a variety of populations in a common therapeutic environment. Staff personnel are dedicated to developing diversity and cultural competence in identifying and supporting cultural context related to individual needs, strengths and goals. Programs are not restrictive to race, ethnicity, religion, gender or gender preference.

Strategic Goals

Become the premier provider of human services for individuals and families in AZ. Establish itself as a nationally recognized brand and leader of innovative thought following evidence-based models in human services.
Evolve into a sustainable organization (revenue diversity, risk management, and resource management). Become an expert at employee recruitment and retention. Be a leader in the evaluation of programs and administration to demonstrate effectiveness and efficiency.

Quality of Programs

Intermountain is committed to enhancing the development of every individual receiving care within our services. Intermountain has a small staff-to-individual ratio. Intermountain staff personnel work consistently with members to apply program procedures.

Fiscal Responsibility

Intermountain programs are committed to fiscal integrity and cost effectiveness. Intermountain programs are responsive to the needs and requirements of our referral and funding sources.

Innovation and Growth

All Intermountain programs are innovative and serve as national and international demonstration models from which organizations disseminate training materials. Intermountain seeks to be the leader in the field of health and human services. Intermountain's programs evolve through participation of staff and community. Intermountain’s services are designed to facilitate a positive impact in the individual's life beyond the length of care provided at Intermountain.

History of Intermountain Centers

Intermountain Centers was founded in Tucson in 1973. The organization was dedicated to the provision of intensive residential services for adjudicated Native American youth exhibiting extremely challenging behaviors.

The original facility, Southwest Indian Youth Center (SIYC), was located on Mt. Lemmon at the Old Prison Camp above Molina Basin. The SIYC community-based program was funded under a Federal Grant Program.

For nearly four years, male teenagers from eighteen Native American communities in Arizona, Nevada and Utah resided in the Prison Camp barracks. During this time, they received social and rehabilitative services while attending school in the Tucson community.

The youth were delinquent and/or neglected and needed a positive, reinforcing environment to develop healthy like skills and self-sufficiency. When the grant funding ended, Intermountain Centers for Human Development was founded to continue the legacy and work with Native American youth initiated at SIYC.

Administrative Staff

Rose M. Lopez, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Phillip Karhoff
Chief Technology Officer
Craig A. Norris, MC, MAOM
EVP & Chief Operating Officer
Sharon Northern
Chief Human Resources Officer
Paul O’Rourke
VP of Fund Development and Communications
Jessica Reese
Chief Clinical Officer
Steven Sparks, LCSW
Vice President of Business Development
Jim Vitt
Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors

Brandt Hazen- Chairman | Brett Rustand- Vice Chair | Michael D. Nagle, JD- Secretary

Gregory A. Bryson, AIF- Treasurer | Carey A. Beranek, MS, BCBA/LBA- Director

Judith E. Favell, PhD, BCBA-D- Director | Joseph A. Gentry, PhD, BCBA-D- Director

Bret Giles- Director | Leonard Nehrmeyer, CPA- Director | James Sakrison, JD- Director

GinaMarie K. Spencer- Director | Patricia Treeful- Director
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