Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus.
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/clients/guests, 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, 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.
  • Alternate methods of communication, including telehealth, 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.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • Screening protocols have been enhanced.
  • 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.

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Early Identification is Key to Saving Lives

A recent research study validated something that treatment professionals have always known: early identification of eating disorders is crucial; and in fact, may be key to saving young lives.

According to a six-year study conducted at Newcastle University in the UK, girls and boys with more eating disorder symptoms at age nine also had a higher number at age 12. These symptoms included rigid dieting, binge eating, making oneself sick after eating, and high levels of anxiety about being fat or gaining weight.

The research was not involved with investigating eating disorders; instead, it focused on risk factors for developing this disorder early in life. The study focused on three specific areas: boys and girls who experienced body dissatisfaction; girls who displayed depressive symptoms; and those, both boys and girls who had eating disorder symptoms at an earlier stage.


Participants in the study completed questionnaires at the ages of seven, nine and 12. It was discovered that at the age of 12, boys and girls who were more dissatisfied with their bodies have greater numbers of eating disorder symptoms. Girls with depressive symptoms at 12 years old also have greater numbers of eating disorder symptoms. Interestingly, this relationship was not seen in boys.

In the UK, eating disorders are rare at age nine (1.64 per 100,000) but more prevalent at age 12 (9.51 per 100,000). The most common age for hospitalization is 15 years old for both boys and girls.

A follow-up study will be conducted when participants reach the age of 15.

This will allow researchers to determine what transpired next for those young people who had greater numbers of eating disorders at age 12.

Although this study was conducted in another country, the findings are certainly applicable to the United States. Eating disorders are a worldwide menace, and as such, it will take all of us working together to discover how to best identify, diagnose and treat these disorders.