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 Lakeland Behavioral Health System 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 Lakeland Behavioral Health System.

  • 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

New Law Helps Prevent Cyberbullying in Missouri

In days past, when a student who was being harassed at school got off the bus and arrived back home after the final bell rang, he or she was, for the time being, safe from the bullies who were targeting him or her at school.

But with expanded technology, the home is no longer a safe haven for victims of bullying. This is due to the fact that, through cyberbullying, children and adolescents can be exposed to harassment anytime, anywhere. This unfortunate misuse of technology has made it possible for bullies to access their victims through the internet via avenues like email or social media, and in text messages on mobile phones.

The damaging impact of this type of round-the-clock vulnerability has been well documented, and effects appear to be worse for children who are already feeling marginalized in some way. For example, students who report being cyberbullied often try to avoid coming to school or skip classes, struggle socially and academically, have lower self-esteem, and develop health problems. And worse, cyberbullying has been shown to exacerbate mental health conditions such as depression, and has even been associated with self-harm and suicide.

Missouri Responds

New legislation is having an impact in communities like Greene County, Missouri where statewide mandates are forcing schools to begin taking a stronger stance on cyberbullying. The new law requires schools to provide education and programming that is specifically aimed at suicide prevention and cyberbullying, and requires the state’s Department of Education to develop materials to support these new initiatives. Schools in areas such as Springfield and across the state have until 2018 to implement these changes, and develop policy around these targeted issues.

Technology is a critical component of the modern classroom, and offers a myriad of benefits for today’s digital learners. Yet schools and parents must partner together in efforts to help students learn how to use technology responsibly in order to prevent students from being victimized through cyberbullying, and to prevent young people from engaging in behavior that can carry significant legal penalties.

But raising awareness of the problem of youth suicide as it relates to bullying and cyberbullying must include a discussion of the role of mental health in self-harming behaviors. The prevalence of mental illness in children is vast, but fortunately, there are quality treatment centers in Missouri and in other parts of the country that are specially equipped to help children and families who have been impacted by mental health concerns that may have been worsened by bullying.

If a child in your life has been the victim of cyberbullying, you are undoubtedly concerned. But know that there is support available to help you address the problem, and prevent further abuse. Find out how your child’s school might be able to intervene, and connect with your local police department to learn about your community’s laws on cyberbullying. By working in unison with these key stakeholders, parents and educators can protect children from the damaging effects of cyberbullying.

Marks of Quality Care
  • Arkansas Juvenile Officers Association
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Missouri Hospital Association
  • Missouri Juvenile Justice Association
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • Tricare
  • The Jason Foundation

Compared to the other options, Lakeland Behavioral Health was the only one that was able to provide me with the comprehensive care that my child needed. It was obvious that the staff truly cared, and everyone was great!

– Kyle G.