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


Holding on to Hope

Lift up your hearts  

Each new hour holds new chances  

For new beginnings. 

This quote from Maya Angelou, poet, author, and titan of American literature, encapsulates the essence of hope. In seemingly dark and challenging times for our communities and families, for our society, and in our own, searching hearts, we can feel the nagging temptation of despair. But what Angelou writes to us here is a reminder that the ending of the story — your story  has not been written. You have agency. A different future is possible for you and the world we all live in. Every hour and every day offers an opportunity to rewrite the story, to redirect the path of the journey.  

 I talked with Dr. Johnny Williamson, Timberline Knolls’ Medical Director, on a recent Instagram Live interview, about why hope is important  especially now  and what makes him hopeful.  

“I see hope everywhere… Hope helps us deal with a difficult past, a difficult present, and it helps us envision a different, more positive, beautiful future. It gives us the motivation to work toward that.” 

What both Angelou and Dr. Williamson emphasize here about hope is that it is a conscious choice in the face of fear and adversity. Angelou actually writes it as a command: “Lift your hearts.” She didn’t write, “Let your heart be lifted,” or, “Sit there until you feel like your heart is lifted.” It is an action: “Lift.” A conscious choice. And it is a choice based on the reality that each hour, as she says, “… holds new chances For new beginnings.”  

This is an uplifting meditation. We can choose regret and anger about the past. We can wallow in the misery of the moment. Or instead, holding these things, we can use their power to help us shape something better than what has come before  both in our own lives and for the next generation 

Hope, Dr. Williamson points out, is the great motivator. It is why we’ve been inspired by great leaders and visionaries throughout history  they did not back down in fear in the face of despair and challenging times. They met seemingly unbearable circumstances and unbreakable walls with courage, dignity, and relentless hope, believing that their message would bear fruit  even if not for many years to come. Dr. Williamson also mentioned that hope must persevere  our recovery journey, and any positive change we seek, takes time.  

It takes courage to keep hoping. It takes a determined rejection of cynicism to persevere when others tell you (or you tell yourself) you can’t change, or things can’t change. Reject the lies and lift up your heart. Motivated by hope, keep placing one foot in front of the other, celebrating every victory, practicing gratitude, and keeping the focus on the future hope of victory.  

In recovery, and in the many challenges we face, we will emerge victorious if we stoke the burning flame of hope with gratitude, with grace, and with vision. A vision that can be reborn and redefined with each passing hour. It is never too late, you’re never too far gone, and it is never so bad that there is not hope to create a better, “more positive, beautiful future,” in the words of Dr. Williamson. Hope is alive because we are alive  breathing, fighting, listening, and dreaming.  

So, remain. Stand firm. Lift your heart.  

Hope is everywhere.  

About Kirsten Haglund

“Since my own recovery, I am passionate about educating and empowering women to get the care they need to live amazing, productive and healthy lives,” said Haglund. “I see the same compassion and desire in the Timberline Knolls team and look forward to being a part of this work of restoring women to health.”

Haglund will continue to work as an advocate for greater awareness of eating disorders and resources for care. Since she won the crown of Miss America 2008, she has spoken on more than 20 college campuses, worked with youth and church groups domestically and abroad, lobbied Congress with the Eating Disorders Coalition, and started her own non-profit, the Kirsten Haglund Foundation, to raise funds and assist families financially in seeking treatment for eating disorders.

View all posts by Kirsten Haglund