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

Local Support Groups

Recovering from a mental health disorder, or standing by a loved one who’s recovering can be made much easier with support from your community. Discover support groups and community resources in your area.

Local 12-Step Meetings

At Lakeland Behavioral Health System in Missouri, children, adolescents, and seniors can obtain professional treatment for substance abuse and certain other mental health concerns, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. We go above and beyond to ensure that each of our patients has access to a variety of recovery tools and support services, which is why we encourage participation in 12-Step programming like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

At this time, AA and NA meetings are offered throughout Southwest Missouri. To find a meeting that is right for you, and to learn more about these programs, please navigate the following links:

Southwest Missouri Narcotics AnonymousLearn more about Narcotics Anonymous. Browse the FAQ page to have some of your questions answered quickly, and look to find out where and when meetings are being held.

Southwest Missouri Meetings  – Find current meetings in the area.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings – Locate Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Springfield, Missouri.

Support Groups for Caregivers

Many of our patients’ family members have also taken on the role of caregiver, especially those whose loved ones have been struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia. Watching a loved one experience such painful symptoms can be taxing, which is why it is imperative to reach out for your own support. Thankfully, there are groups available throughout Springfield:

Quarterly on 3rd Thursday of Month – 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
March, June, September, December
Wilson’s Creek Nursing and Rehab
3403 W. Mt. Vernon
Bethany Kechner 417.864.5600

2nd Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Respite Care provided – call in advance.
Cox Alzheimer’s Support
3535 S. National
Judee Steward 417.269.3616

3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.
Maranatha Village – Maranatha Community Center
233 E. Norton Road
Katrice Switzer 417.833.0016

2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m.
The Gardens
1302 W. Sunset
Jennifer McBride 417.718.6822 

3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
Holy Trinity Caregiver Support
2818 E. Bennett
Mary Schiman 417.872.5155

Sharon Carron 314.504.3496

1st Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Respite care provided.
Willard First Baptist Church
202 W. Jackson
Barbara Cosby 417.742.2532
Carol Bourbina 417.742.3071

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.