Sin Puertas

Counseling - Outpatient Treatment for Substance Use and Mental Health Issues

PPP operates the Sin Puertas Adolescent Behavioral Health Clinic in Tucson. It is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services to assist a minimum of 250 youths (ages 13-20) each year with overcoming their substance use and/or mental health issues. Sin Puertas utilizes evidence-based practices, which have proven to help youth achieve well-being and sobriety over time. Our certified and caring professional staff also helps teens struggling with trauma, stress, family conflict, and other issues affecting their lives. In 2009, Sin Puertas earned national recognition from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration by receiving a Science and Service Award for successfully helping high-risk teens stay sober and crime-free.

Building Bridges is a program of Pima Prevention Partnership’s Sin Puertas designed for youth 13 – 21 years of age, parents/caregivers and advocates. The program aims to: a) increase safety and security for youth in assisting them to take steps toward meeting basic needs and developing a community safety net, b) reduce general life problems and substance use, and c) increase community re-engagement as evidenced by school attendance and/or employment. The Building Bridges program is for youth and who are at risk for or experiencing homelessness.
Our goal is to help youth reach and maintain a positive lifestyle, build healthy relationships, money management, pre-employment skills, job skills and employability training, academic support, goal setting, assist with housing information, and independent living skills. The program includes the Bizanteen Bike Shop.

Referral > Assessment > Service

Sin Puertas offers a wide variety of services, which are based on the intake assessment. For example, aside from counseling for substance abuse, youths may need help with securing stable housing, enrolling in a school, or participating in job training. Sin Puertas services include:

  • Assessment to determine the best course of treatment
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Case management to help secure medical treatment, stable housing, etc.
  • Special counseling for trauma and other co-occurring mental health issues
  • Special counseling for drug-related problems
  • Peer support groups and peer-led events for staying sober

How to Get Help

Sin Puertas accepts referrals from youths community agencies, parents,  caregivers, juvenile court and self-referrals. We encourage you to contact us for more information. You are welcome to contact us via e-mail or, or by calling the Sin Puertas Center at (520) 624-5806.

Nuestra Voz ( Our Voice )

Sin Puertas’ Nuestra Voz (Our Voice) program is an intensive gender-specific program for adolescent females. This program uses Dr. Stephanie Covington’s Voices curriculum, which is based on the principles of gender responsivity and also grounded in theory and research. The focus is on issues that are important in the lives of adolescent females. Guiding them through a process towards understanding more about their experiences as girls – the similarities to and differences from others in their group, and how the influences in their lives (e.g., gender, family, oppression, substance use, violence, and trauma) have impacted them. The adolescent females learn skills and coping mechanisms to help them negotiate presenting and anticipated issues.

The cognitive-behavioral approach used in this program is complemented by other methods including an evidence-based structured sensory intervention model (SITCAP-ART) to address issues associated with trauma. SITCAP-ART uses methods that include youths’ five senses (sight, sound, etc.) in order to help young people develop strategies to control their behavioral and emotional responses to triggers.

Program Goals

  • Participants identify individualized motivations for addressing their substance use and mental health issues.
  • Participants identify and practice sensory strategies for addressing trauma and its symptoms.
  • Participants learn about themselves through a gender-specific lens while building self-esteem.
  • Participants learn important skills including communication, relationship, trust building, anger management, and self-regulation skills.
  • Participants’ families learn how to work collaboratively with their youth to support recovery.
  • Participants develop a relapse prevention plan for drug-free activities and lifestyle.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Teyechea
Site Director
Pima Prevention Partnership/Sin Puertas
1346 N. Stone Ave, Bldg 2
Tucson, AZ 85705
520-624-5806 (Office main line)
520-624-5817 (Fax)