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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Studies Find Link between Exercise and Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most heartbreaking conditions that families face, affecting men and women all across the world. The condition damages the brain, and slowly robs individuals of their mental clarity, causing unthinkable suffering for the patient and his or her loved ones.

While there is no documented cure for Alzheimer’s at this time, researchers are hard at work trying to better understand what causes the disease, and they have revealed that genetics can play a significant role in determining one’s risk. However, several promising new studies have found a link between preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s and physical activity.

Scientists at Missouri State University have been studying the effect that exertion has on certain brain proteins that are known to interrupt healthy brain functioning and can lead to the onset of Alzheimer’s. They found less of these proteins in the brains of mice who were required to engage in intense physical exercise.

While these findings may provide hope that lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on staving off the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, more research is needed to more fully understand the amount of exercise that will have a positive effect, and at what points in life one can most reap the benefits.

A broader Alzheimer’s study is being undertaken at various sites throughout the country and is being funded by the National Institutes of Health. Aimed at finding ways to preserve and protect brain functioning in older adults, findings from the study are proving that staying active can benefit geriatric individuals in considerable ways. Most notably, activity can prevent memory loss, improve logic and reasoning, and can delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The results of these studies are giving hope to men and women whose families have had to deal with the effects of this damaging condition. One such person, Springfield, Missouri resident Daisy Duarte, is the primary caretaker for her mother who has endured the battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

In spite of all of the demands of caregiving, Duarte still finds time to play an active role in advocating for Alzheimer’s patients and their families, and is even participating in research that will hopefully contribute to a greater understanding of the disease. Through the study, she is learning about the importance of cardiovascular health, and about the many ways that brain health is tied to physical wellbeing.

It is hoped that in the future, more will be uncovered about ways of both preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease. In the meantime, living an active and healthy lifestyle might just be the most accessible preventative measure one can take for slowing the onset of the disease.


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.