Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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.

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The Leading Intensive Outpatient Program for Women & Girls

Each woman who struggles with an eating disorder and other behavioral health concerns heals differently. After completing a higher level of care, many women can benefit from stepping down to a structured but less intense program for additional healing.

That’s what Timberline Knolls’ intensive outpatient program (IOP) delivers. We provide care multiple days per week that gives women age 18 and older the chance to continue their recovery journey while beginning to more completely reintegrate into their day-to-day routine.

Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Programming

An intensive outpatient program is an opportunity for you to continue receiving professional care for an eating disorder, mental health concern, the effects of trauma, or a substance use disorder after completing a higher level of programming. At Timberline Knolls, women who complete our partial hospitalization program (PHP) can step down to our IOP as they continue to address the concerns that have affected their lives. 

There are many benefits to the step-down support you’ll receive by choosing the IOP at Timberline Knolls, including: 

  • Flexibility: IOP is a higher level of support than you would receive in traditional outpatient therapy, but it offers more freedom to work, attend school, or participate in other activities than a PHP does.  
  • Camaraderie: Much like with PHP, you’ll attend group therapy sessions that will allow you to build bonds with women who have struggled with eating disorders and other behavioral health concerns. 
  • Skill-building practice: With the additional freedom of flexibility that comes with our IOP, you’ll have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve learned to situations in your everyday life. 

Admission to the IOP at Timberline Knolls currently requires the prior completion of our partial hospitalization program. All admissions are based on internal referrals from your primary therapist. 

The IOP Experience 

As is the case with any program at Timberline Knolls, our IOP takes into account each woman’s unique needs, life experience, medical history, and genetic background. That allows us to individualize your care plan so that you get the most out of your time with us.   

Because you’ll have already completed PHP at our facility, our staff of expert clinicians will be able to adjust your previous plan to reflect the progress you made at that higher level of care.

Programming in our intensive outpatient program takes place three to five days a week, depending on your specific needs. Typical length of stay is flexible, but most women take part in our IOP for five to six weeks. 

Elements of your care with us may include:

  • Daily group therapy 
  • Weekly individual and experiential therapies 
  • Family therapy on an as-needed basis 

Group sessions make up the foundation of our programming. You’ll participate in groups for three hours each treatment day, covering topics such as skillbuilding, motivation, relapse prevention, psychoeducation, boundaries, and meaningful life. Experiential sessions may include art, exposure outings, and skills practice. 

Continuing Care 

Continuing care is a priority at Timberline Knolls. After all, that mantra is what led you to our intensive outpatient program after completing PHP. 

Seeking support for an eating disorder, addiction, mood disorder, or the effects of trauma takes a tremendous amount of courage. Our goal at Timberline Knolls is to put you in a position to succeed in the days, weeks, and months to come after you leave our care. 

That’s why we start creating a unique discharge plan for you as soon as you begin taking part in our IOP. By beginning this valuable resource right away, we can provide you with the support you need to continue your progress, and we’ll update that document to reflect the progress you make during your time in IOP. 

Your continuing care plan will include our recommendations for potential follow-up care, access to community resources, options for applicable support groups, and details on the Timberline Knolls alumnae network to keep you connected well into the future. 

Better days are within your reach. By choosing Timberline Knolls, you’ll be able to enjoy those days in a whole new light. 

This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Timberline Knolls.

Reflecting back, I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since my first stay at TK. I walked in unsure, frightened and hopeless. 12 weeks later, I walked away carrying hope that the staff and fellow patients instilled in me. The hope started to dwindle and this process repeated itself 3 more times. However, each time I discharged I walked away with news skills (thanks DBT), more sass and grew as a person with each stay.

I discharged from TK for the last time in April of 2017. I wasn’t fixed, frankly some days I didn’t even feel “better” but I was alive. I owed that to TK, especially the staff on Maple. I was truly blessed to be supported and loved by the staff. Our conversations were filled with sass and support, what more could I want?!

Okay, the part we’ve been waiting for. I’m currently 9 months into solid recovery. I can truly say I’m not just surviving, I’m thriving. In March I started TMS treatment at an outpatient level and have had incredible, life changing results. This treatment, mixed with the skills and support of TK I’m back in school finishing my bachelors in psychology and moving on to get my masters of social work.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I cannot express my gratitude enough for the staff who never gave up on me. I was hardy easy to deal with but was ALWAYS treated with respect and love. You guys are life changers and role models. My life is better because of the advice y’all have given me.

With much love,

– Kaitlyn
Why Choose Timberline Knolls?
Marks of Quality Care
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Lemont Chamber of Commerce
  • Residential Eating Disorders Consortium
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval