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 Sexually Maladaptive Male Adolescents in Missouri – Ages 9 to 17

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

Program Objective

Lakeland’s behavioral health clinic in Missouri offers a residential treatment program for boys ages 9 through 17 who have issues with poor sexual boundaries and sexually maladaptive behaviors. This includes individuals who have been involved in a behavior that has affected another child, adolescent or adult. These residents are considered a risk to society due to these behaviors/poor boundaries and in need of treatment and reintegration.

Lakeland’s Sexually Maladaptive Residential Treatment program is a 9-12 month program (average length of stay) utilizing a blend of the traditional medical, cognitive, behavioral, and psycho-educational treatment models. While in our residential treatment setting, residents will attend daily groups and an on-site fully accredited school. Through individual, family, group and recreational therapies, the resident’s life is explored to see how the resident functions in the family, with friends, at school, and in a public setting. The overall treatment goal is to provide treatment that addresses these problematic sexual behaviors and to create an applicable safety plan for discharge minimizing the risk of relapse and re-offense.

Encouraging Self-Worth & Growth

Ideally, these goals are met by the resident prior to transition into the community:

  •  Full disclosure of all sexual behaviors
  •  Demonstrate and understand the offense chain
  • Understand triggers, thoughts, emotions and how they relate to behavior
  • To take ownership and responsibility of actions and outcomes
  • Identify thinking errors, road blocks, negative thoughts and dangerous fantasies
  • Bolster healthy coping skills to manage and reduce relapse
  • Identify age-appropriate relationships and boundaries
  • Be able to utilize sympathy, empathy and impulse control
  •  A formal apology to the victim(s)
  • Creating a Relapse Prevention Plan for discharge

The Sexually Maladaptive Residential Treatment program at Lakeland’s treatment clinic provides opportunities for residents to not only halt and correct their sexual behavior, but also improve personal relationships with family, peers and adults. Through professional group experiences the individual will increase self-worth, recognize talents and abilities, enhance recreational skills and increase their positive societal impact.

Groups Offered

Treatment Groups include:

  • Daily Planning—Staff will the plan for the day including any changes to the normal schedule.
  • Currents Events—This is a time to watch the local, national or global news and discuss what is happening and how it affects us.
  • Nursing—Ran by an LPN or an RN, this group is a great time to learn about medicines that residents may be prescribed, side effects of the medicine, uses for the medicine, or to ask the nurse other questions about medical issues, changing bodies, illnesses, etc.
  • Substance Abuse— In this group, addictive substances are discussed as well as the damage that they can cause to a person’s mind, body, relationship and future.
  • My Body—Topics such as hygiene, good hand-washing, puberty, exercise, eating well, disease and sickness, etc. are discussed.
  • Coping Skills—Alternative coping strategies are explored, developed and enhanced to appropriately react to the emotional response of a given situation. These coping strategies are encouraged with arts and crafts, music, sports, isometric exercises, poetry, journaling, breathing exercises, games and stretching.
  • Learning to Live— Activities range from sorting laundry, balancing a checkbook, cooking classes and the navigation of daily activities are covered in this group. The resident’s input, interest and skill level are utilized to identify interesting topics and educations.
  • Relationships with Others—Friends, teachers, moms, dads, siblings, neighbors, strangers, step-family, death, moving, starting a new school, dating, marriage and divorce are some of the topics that we talk about in this group.
  • Relaxation Techniques – Deep-breathing, walking, listening to others read to us, singing, listening to music, drawing, positive imagery exercises, prayer and meditation are all techniques discussed and taught as a way to cope with stress.
  • Sexually Maladaptive Behavior Therapy—This group is held daily with the focus on relapse prevention, thinking errors.
  • Recreational Therapy—Daily recreational therapy is an important part of reintegration into society and can include playing a team sport or an individual sports, participating in an outing to the movies or bowling, going to the craft room to paint pottery, swimming outside in Lakeland’s pool and/or playing a video game.
  • Cooking—Cooking group is offered weekly. Residents learn to prepare meals from start to finish and eat their meals in a special kitchen area.
  • Process—Half-way through the day the unit processes problems that may have occurred at school, during group, at meals or in therapy so residents can “get back on track” with their day.

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.