Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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The COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis Is Coming. Help Is Already Here.

As we continue to practice social distancing and attempt to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus is on protecting our physical health and preventing an overwhelming toll on many of our medical and surgical hospitals. 

But as new cases diminish, effective treatments become reality, and – eventually – a vaccine becomes available, there will be a shift in the concern for our long-term collective well-being from physical health to mental health. 

In many ways, it’s already happening.  

Millions have lost their jobs, had their hours reduced, been sent into furlough, or been forced to take pay cuts. Billions have gone into isolation in order to slow the spread of the virus, physically distancing from loved ones who may be more vulnerable. There’s no way to predict exactly if or when things will return to the way they once were, and virtually everyone is grappling with an uncertain reality that takes place on an unknown timeline. 

Scientists have pointed to other crises such as the 9/11 attacks and the 2002-03 SARS pandemic and noted the surge in diagnoses of anxiety and depression. Researchers have predicted that this crisis could lead to an increased risk of suicide due to economic stress, isolation, and the surge in firearm sales in the United States.  

As instructive as it can be to look at previous large-scale tragedies to predict the mental health crises that lie ahead, this feels different. Earthquakes, famines, and terrorist attacks have boundaries. Global pandemics don’t. 

Research exists on how humans recover from quarantine, mass destruction, and critical stressors, but not on all three at once. 

“This is a mass community disaster, but it is also a little bit like terrorism in that the fear component is there, ongoing fear,” Elana Newman, who researches trauma and disaster mental health at the University of Tulsa, told CNBC in March.  

Though a mental health crisis may lie ahead, resources are available to help, and larger projects are in the early stages of being scaled. Many states have launched free mental health hotlines for those who are struggling with the psychological effects of COVID-19. The Central Health Authority of China and various national academic societies integrated mental health crisis interventions into the general deployment of disease prevention and treatment, and two surveys have indicated that these measures reduced the negative psychological outcomes of the pandemic there. Using these results to create an international consortium to address mental health challenges in the countries hit hardest by the pandemic could work wonders. 

Organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have put together resource and information guides that contain frequently asked questions.

The COVID-19 pandemic is shining new light on the need for more mental health services. And that’s a challenge we’re all ready to meet head-on. 

For more information, Timberline Knolls has set up an online list of virtual resources and support available to navigate through these difficult times.