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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Pediatricians: The New Anti-bullies in the War On Weight



It’s not uncommon for teasing to be an aspect of a young person’s life, whether within the confines of the family, or on the playground of the schoolyard. Teasing can be connected to minor things such as possessing a multitude of freckles, or being the shortest kid in the family.

But sometimes, making fun of another goes from benign joking to cruel and relentless bullying. Although the “whys” behind the bullying of children is still wide open, by and large, it focuses on weight. And, there are many young people in America today who are obese.

The truth is, steps do need to be taken to curb this growing problem. Whereas bullying is profoundly painful in the present, the long-term medical and social consequences of obesity, including eating disorders, low self-esteem and negative body image, are even more worrisome.

The key players in the effort to improve this issue are parents and the family doctor, with the medical provider possibly being of greater import. After all, the pediatrician is the professional who usually first diagnoses the problem.

To their collective credit, doctors are expanding their own awareness and sensitivity as to the emotionally charged nature of a child’s weight.

Recently, a new policy statement issued jointly by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Obesity Society spoke to this issue. Titled “Stigma Experienced by Children and Adolescents with Obesity,” the statement advises doctors to use neutral words like weight and Body Mass Index when talking to young patients instead of more hurtful words such as obese and fat. It also suggests that doctors not label patients with descriptions such as “the overweight child,” but rely on terms such as “the child with weight issues.” Any doctor/patient discussions should focus on topics such as eating well and healthy exercise, instead of weight loss.

For change to occur, parents should also be involved in a positive way by modeling healthy behaviors and never shaming a child for weight. Shame never leads to positive change. If anything, it only exacerbates the problem.

Parents can encourage more activity, less screen time and better nutrition for the entire family.