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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Lakeland Regional School Program for Teens & Adolescents in Missouri

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

Our Educational Program

Lakeland Regional School (LRS) is located in Missouri – in the beautiful city of Springfield– roughly one hour north of Arkansas. Lakeland Regional School is affiliated with Lakeland Behavioral Health System. Lakeland’s educational program serves patient/students in an age range parallel to when youngsters are traditionally enrolled in k-12 schools.  The school program has earned national accreditation and receives annual approval in Arkansas and Missouri.

Lakeland Regional School program is staffed by a principal, ten teachers, and a special education facilitator.  The principal, teachers and all substitutes are professionally certified through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Nearly all have special education certification and the majority have advanced graduate degrees.

Available Services

Title I remediation services are available for students deficient in the areas of reading and mathematics.  Speech and hearing, physical and occupational therapy services are provided for those whose Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s) call for such.  While all students are encouraged to pursue completion of their high school education, assistance with GED preparation is available once high school graduation is no longer deemed an attainable goal.

For youngsters who complete the requirements for high school graduation while in residence at Lakeland’s treatment clinic, they and their family are afforded a choice – they may either request a diploma from their local (domicile) school district or be issued an LRS diploma, which has the same status and prestige as one issued by any high school in the nation.  Within the recent past, twelve students qualified to graduate while at Lakeland Behavioral Health.  In addition, LRS holds a formal recognition ceremony for youngsters who earn the right to be promoted from eighth grade into high school.

Our Primary Goal

Once enrolled at LRS, students attend five classes per day with instruction in the core areas of English, mathematics, science and social studies in addition to physical education.  Both individually and as a team, LRS teachers are committed to assisting each student to make sizeable academic gains – tailored to individual needs – during his/her stay at Lakeland Behavioral Health in Missouri.

Our #1 goal is continuous improvement – both with individual students and as a program.  Emphasis is placed on each youngster’s success while at Lakeland Regional School.  Of greater significance, however, is their ability to perform upon leaving Lakeland’s treatment clinic in a manner that will enable them to be recognized as positive, contributing members of society.

Typical Length of Stay

The regular school year at LRS consists of 178 days of instruction. In addition, patients receive an additional 32 days of exploration, investigation, and discovery as part of the LBHS Summer Enrichment program.

Once the LBHS treatment team determines discharge is imminent, LRS administers an exit assessment for the purpose of measuring a youngster’s academic progress while in the residential program. With limited exceptions, the length of stay at LBHS ranges from two months to one year, and current statistics indicate an average length of stay between five and six months. Average post-assessment gains of all patients discharged during the same quarter of a calendar year range between one and three grade levels, which is excellent in light of their average length of stay.

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.