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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 Valley 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 Valley 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.
  • 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 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.

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Fort Smith, AR’s Local Mental & Behavioral Health Support Groups

12-Step Programming Near Fort Smith, AR

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are two of the most world-renowned 12-Step programs individuals turn to when they want to defeat drug and alcohol addictions. At first glance, the steps themselves can appear simple to comprehend; however, it typically takes a great deal of dedication and external support to apply these steps to your life. Therefore, attending AA or NA meetings in your community can be imperative in your recovery.

Local Resources

When you complete professional treatment, you will be given an aftercare plan. This plan is likely to outline your participation in AA or NA meetings so that you can continue your recovery with the support of the 12-Steps.

At these meetings, you will be provided with a safe space to talk about your experiences with addiction, as well as the challenges and triumphs you have gone through in your recovery. You can benefit from listening to others share as well, as doing so can help you establish strong coping skills and a network of support rooted right within your local community.

To locate AA and NA meetings in and around Fort Smith, AR, please visit the following links:

If you are experiencing the symptoms of depression or bipolar disorder, you can benefit from community support, too. Both of these mental health conditions can be difficult to manage, and through local outreach, you can start to develop positive skills necessary to cope with depression or bipolar disorder.

Throughout Fort Smith, AR, there are support groups specifically geared towards those affected by depression or bipolar disorder. Meetings offered through these groups can give you the space to share your thoughts, experiences, and emotions regarding depression or bipolar disorder, as well as connect you with others who you can personally relate to. To find support groups near you, please click on the link below:

For Loved Ones

When someone you love is grappling with the symptoms and effects of drug and alcohol addictions, you can feel emotionally and physically burdened to the point where you are no longer properly caring for your own needs. While you want to ensure that you are doing everything in your power to help your loved one, neglecting your own needs can be severely detrimental to your wellbeing. Thankfully, there is support in your community that can help you focus on your needs at this upsetting time.

Nar-Anon are 12-Step based programs that are geared towards helping individuals like yourself who have loved ones who are addicted to drugs. Local meetings will give you an appropriate forum to share what you have been going through with others who can relate. The support that you can receive through Nar-Anon can be so powerful that it can help you not only establish healthy coping skills going forward, but also encourage you to persevere in an effective manner.

To locate Nar-Anon meetings in Fort Smith, AR, please follow the links below:

Making the Most of Meetings

When you have found meetings or support groups that are best suited for your needs, it is beneficial to participate in them as much as possible to ensure that you gain the most from them. The people of Fort Smith, AR have utilized 12-Step programming and support groups to overcome the challenges that addiction and mental health conditions have brought into their lives, and you can as well.

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