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


Self-Care During Trying Times

Days seem particularly dark of late.  We are living through a pandemic, severe social injustice, civil rights violations and loss of jobs and businesses. This undoubtedly is affecting many of us in different ways; physically, emotionally, financially, changes to our community and how we communicate, just to name a few. Here are some suggestions to take care of your mental well-being:

Focus on What is in Your Control

While so much in the world seems out of our control at this time, there are ways you can bring control to your life.  Realize that we might not be able to control our thoughts and feelings, we can control our behavior. Thoughts and feelings will arise. Acknowledge them and let them go.  Ground yourself in the here and now.  Other ways you can control your behavior might involve protecting yourself as best you can through wearing a mask and good hand hygiene.  If you want to help with social injustice or civil rights, perhaps joining a protest march or volunteer in the community.

Become Engaged

Engaging in the here and now allows one to focus attention outside of thoughts. It’s so easy to go on autopilot and let your thoughts take over. If you are doing activity, focus your attention on it and get out of your head.  If you’re not doing anything in particular and you notice you are swimming in your thoughts, focus your attention outward.  Look around the room.  See how many colors you can identify.  Then shift your focus to the shapes in the room.  Spend a few minutes doing this.

Let Your Values Guide Your Actions

What do you want to stand for in this world?  What sort of person would you like to show up for in your life?  Your values might include being loving, respectful, courageous, honest, kind, open, etc.  Allow these values – which are freely chosen by you – guide your behavior.  Perhaps in service of your value of being loving, you spend time with a friend who is suffering.  By acting in accordance with our values, our lives become more meaningful and purposeful.

Get Support

Identify people who lift your spirits and are supportive, and be sure you touch base with them regularly.  Family members and close friends can provide comfort during trying times. For some people, spirituality can be very beneficial. Although many houses of worship are closed at this time, there are many resources online such as religious services on YouTube that can help you feel supported.

Take Good Care of Yourself

Taking care of yourself in any way you can is beneficial to your mental health.  Start or keep up with exercise.  Eat nutritionally dense food.  Try to get good sleep.  Reduce or omit drug and alcohol use.  During difficult times, we have a tendency to neglect taking care of ourselves, thus compounding the deleterious effects of living though such stressful times.  Be mindful of this, and please take good care of you!

About Joann Wright, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services

As the Director of Clinical Services, Joann supervises the clinical staff at Timberline Knolls.

Joann has more than 20 years of experience with program development, clinical supervision and program leadership. As a Peer-Reviewed ACT Trainer and Fellow of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Sciences (ACBS), she offers her knowledge and skills in training this cutting-edge therapeutic approach including supervising individuals becoming ACT therapists. She has also provided national and international workshops and presentations on individual and group therapy techniques

In addition, Joann has more than 10 years of experience with program development and clinical oversight.

She received her Bachelor of Arts at Arizona State University and her Master of Arts and her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical/School Psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

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