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

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Lakeland Behavioral Health System.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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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Inpatient Treatment Program for Children & Adolescents in Missouri – Ages 4 to 11

Lakeland Behavioral Health System provides focused care to ensure that children and adolescents ages 4 to 11 who have been struggling with mental health disorders receive the guidance and support that they need to achieve long-term recovery.

The Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The children’s behavioral health treatment program at Lakeland Behavioral Health in Missouri is dedicated to the treatment of children between the ages of four (4) and eleven (11). Through the introduction and age appropriate application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), children are able to identify triggers and life stressors.  Before treatment, ineffectively coping with triggers and stressful situations cause conflict in daily life, presenting as acting out behaviors.  By learning acceptable coping methods, patients are able to identify and positively cope with stressors and therefore interact appropriately through their daily routine. Accurate diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders assist the patient to implement changes by stabilization of their mood and behaviors.

Promoting Positive & Appropriate Behavior

Lakeland’s inpatient treatment program for children & adolescents uses a positive rewards system to promote positive and appropriate behavior.  All children enter the program at a Rising Star level, with the overall goal of progression through four phases to obtain the Super Star Level.  Up to 3 stars are earned each hour for participation in groups and the unit routine.  Children are rewarded immediately for positive behaviors with Star Dollars to use for purchasing additional privileges/rewards.  Immediate rewards assist the child in identifying positive behavior the moment it occurs.

Intensive Therapies & Evaluations

The children’s program implements intensive therapies and evaluations to individualize each patient’s plan of care.  Each child attends 5 psychotherapy groups daily as well as 2 individual and 2 family therapies each week. Each child is evaluated by a psychiatrist a minimum of 3 times weekly and attends a unit staffing weekly with members of their treatment team.  The child develops their individualized treatment plan with successful identification of triggers and implementation of coping skills.

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

We turned to Lakeland Behavioral Health for treatment because their programs are the most well-equipped in the state.

– Ethan K.