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, 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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Suicide Prevention: Does the End Always Justify the Means?

The world lost two extraordinary people last week. One a revolutionary fashion designer, the other a talented chef and beloved television personality. In both cases, media outlets exploded with sad and shocked commentary due to the cause of the premature deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain: suicide.

And then came the commensurate outpouring of statistics.  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reported 123 self-inflicted deaths occur each day. Suicide has gone up twenty-five per cent in the past two decades. There were close to forty-five thousand deaths from suicide in the United States in 2016 alone. Along with the numbers, most reports provided helpful advice regarding warning signs and risk factors.

suicidepreventionblogBringing the reality of suicide out of the closet and thus, reducing its inherent stigma is the one constructive component of these devastating deaths. After all, suicide is not confined to the rich and famous. Most normal, everyday people have thoughts about this act at some point in their lives. What’s more, most news reports encouraged those with a suicidal ideation to seek treatment.

However, in everyone’s well-intended zeal to curb this escalating trend, perhaps not enough thought was given to the final message heard on every news broadcast, read in every print article: nearly all suicides are preventable. The problem is, this statement fails to respect the fact that with every one death, untold numbers of loved ones remain alive. These profoundly wounded individuals are left to cope with unanswered questions and inconceivable guilt. Essentially, making such a unilateral claim unwittingly puts the onus of the suicide back on the survivor.

This was illustrated in a CNN article posted last Friday.  It told the story of a Southern California woman whose husband killed himself last year. There were simply no identifiable warning signs, no indication that he would end his life. None. And yet, when relentlessly exposed to this prevention message in recent days, this widow, like so many others, was inevitably led anew down the obsessive path of doubt and self-incrimination as to what she might have done differently.

High-profile celebrity suicides provide a much-needed forum for education, awareness and stigma-reduction. However, messaging should be ever-mindful of those left behind. In addition to offering the care required to help those who struggle with the idea of suicide, perhaps we in the treatment field need to provide more intentional, thoughtful support to family members and friends, for it is these people who are also very real and lifelong victims of such tragic events.