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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Residential Treatment Program for Female Adolescents & Teens in Missouri – Ages 9 to 20

Lakeland Behavioral Health System helps adolescents and teens struggling with mental health disorders build a strong foundation for long-term recovery.

Creating Unique Strengths

Residential Treatment Programs represent a blend of the traditional medical, cognitive, behavioral, and psycho-educational treatment models.

Our female residential program at Lakeland’s treatment clinic in Missouri is for girls age 9 to 20.  Most of our residents have been in other placements but have not been successful with their treatment. Our program is designed to involve the resident in daily therapeutic activities within a controlled environment. She will learn new and different skills formulated specifically for her. She will be able to practice those skills under the supervision of skilled, compassionate staff.

The girls admitted to our behavioral treatment clinic have a psychiatric diagnosis with a long-standing history of displaying behavior problems in their peer groups, school, community and/or their families. Many of the girls treated on this unit are considered to be a danger to themselves or others, due to their emotional or mental instability.  They may have an extensive history of hospitalizations or placements, failure in outpatient truancy, or high-risk behaviors.  Our treatment program is designed to help Focus On Creating Unique Strengths (FOCUS).

Clinical Treatment Team

The multidisciplinary treatment team at Lakeland’s treatment clinic meets daily to access the needs of each resident. The team consists of Psychiatrist, Therapist, Nurse Manager, Unit Nurse, Unit Manager, Case Manager, Behavioral Health Technician, Teacher, and Recreational Therapy Therapist.

Our Therapy Groups

The Trauma Therapy groups at Lakeland’s treatment clinic are presented by licensed therapists who are the same therapists who provide individual therapy to your child.

  • Weekend Goal Setting/Goal Outcome – On Friday the individual chooses a goal to achieve for the weekend and on Monday the group processes the outcome with the therapist.
  • Family Issues – The group discusses family issues that may have contributed to their diagnosis.
  • AT – Activity Therapy, led by a certified physical therapist or licensed therapist. This group is usually held in one of our outdoor recreational areas as weather permits and involves organized athletic activities.
  • Anger Management – This group is led by qualified staff and focus is directed at why anger happens and how to better manage it.
  • Problem Solving – Residents are guided through a process to help them learn to solve problems without aggressive behavior.
  • Life Skills – Works to develop the skills the residents will need post-treatment. Interviewing for a job, filling out an employment application, household budgeting are a few of the topics presented.
  • Self Image – Emphasis is placed on the residents to see themselves in a more positive light and learning how to maintain that outlook.
  • Character building – Residents discuss why it is important to have strong character and how to build it.
  • Relationships – Identifies key principles and boundaries to form and maintain a good relationship.
  • Cooking Group – The resident will learn basic cooking techniques while practicing their social skills.
  • Coping Skills – Several methods of coping with stress and other crisis events are presented to the resident.
  • Personal Reflection – A group to encourage the resident to reflect on her life and how to work to improve it.
  • Assertiveness – The residents are taught the varied ways to respond socially in an assertive manner.
  • Creative Arts – Residents are provided craft materials and working together create different articles.

The FOCUS program at Lakeland’s behavioral health clinic features flexible treatment with adaptive programming. When the need arises, changes to programming are made while staying within regulatory compliance.

We have a five tier phase system which provides increasing privileges as the resident moves to the next phase. Privileges include increased phone times, increased weekly allowance, outings.

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.