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 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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Valley 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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Premier Acute Inpatient Behavioral Health Center & Treatment Program for Children & Adolescents in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Valley Behavioral Health helps individuals struggling with mental health and behavioral health disorders meet and exceed their treatment goals while building a strong foundation for long-term healing and recovery through a variety of programming options.

Comprehensive Care for Children & Adolescents

Valley Behavioral Health System in Fort Smith, Arkansas, provides comprehensive care for children ages 4 to 10 and adolescents ages 11 to 17 who have been struggling with a broad range of mental, emotional, and/or behavioral concerns.

At our treatment center, the most intensive level of care for children and adolescents is our acute inpatient program, which is designed for young people who are in need of immediate stabilization or crisis intervention.

All admissions to the acute inpatient program are made on a case-by-case basis following a close examination of each young person’s specific needs. With that understanding, the following are among the more common disorders for which young people at our treatment center receive care at the acute inpatient level:

• Major depressive disorder
• Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
• Bipolar disorder
• Schizophrenia
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Please note that the list above is by no means comprehensive. If a child or adolescent in your family is in need of stabilization or crisis intervention related to a mental and/or behavioral disorder, please contact our treatment center to arrange for a free consultation and comprehensive assessment to determine the type and level of care that will best prepare the young person for continued success.

Our Acute Inpatient Program Features

At Valley Behavioral Health System in Fort Smith, Arkansas, we understand that children and adolescents who enter our acute inpatient program have been experiencing extremely distressing and disruptive symptoms. Thus, we place a premium on ensuring that we provide a safe, structured, and supportive environment in which young people and their families can begin to heal.

To achieve that goal, our acute inpatient program features the following elements:

• Round-the-clock monitoring, supervision, and support
• Full continuum of customized services
• Multidisciplinary teams of experienced professionals

Within these general parameters, and depending upon the specific needs of each young person who heals with us, care at the acute inpatient level may include medication management, individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy.

Within the individual, group, and family therapy environments, young people and their loved ones may receive services that incorporate or are based upon the following therapeutic approaches:

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
• Reality Therapy
• Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
• Motivational Interviewing

Continued Support

The amount of time that a child or adolescent will spend in our acute inpatient program will be determined by his or her needs and progress. However, most young people will remain in care at this level for the following lengths of time:

• Children and adolescents who have been struggling with symptoms related to most mental health disorders and/or trauma: 5 to 7 days
• Children and adolescents who have been experiencing psychosis: 7 to 9 days

For the majority of our patients and their families, the acute inpatient program is just one step along the path of continued healing. To ensure that all who heal with us have the support that they need to maintain and build upon the progress that they make in our acute inpatient program, each child and adolescent who completes this program receives a thorough discharge plan.

Whether a young person is transitioning directly into our sub-acute inpatient program, is entering one of our outpatient programs, or is continuing his or her recovery journey along another path, our goal is to provide the individual and his or her family with a detailed plan to promote long-term success.

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