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 Sub-Acute Inpatient Behavioral Health Center & Treatment Program for Children 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.

What Is a Sub-Acute Inpatient Program?

Children ages 4 to 10 and adolescents ages 11 to 17 whose lives have been disrupted by mental and behavioral health concerns can receive intensive personalized services in Valley Behavioral Health’s sub-acute inpatient program.

Our sub-acute program, which features round-the-clock care in a structured and closely supervised environment, is an optimal placement for young people whose needs are not severe enough to merit acute inpatient treatment, but who need more support than can be provided via outpatient programming.

Treatment at the sub-acute level may also be ideal for young people who have completed our acute inpatient program, which is a short-term experience designed to promote stabilization, and who can benefit from extended time in an intensive treatment environment.

The sub-acute treatment program at our treatment center can help children and adolescents who are experiencing symptoms associated with a broad scope of mental and behavioral health issues, including but not limited to the following:

• Anxiety disorders
• Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
• Bipolar disorder
• Conduct disorder
• Depressive disorders
• Intermittent explosive disorder (IED)
• Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
• Schizoaffective disorder
• Schizophrenia

All admissions decisions for our sub-acute inpatient program at our treatment center are made following a thorough assessment of each young person’s strengths, needs, and treatment goals. If we determine that Valley Behavioral Health System is not the best place for a child or adolescent, we will work closely with his or her family to make a referral to a more appropriate treatment provider.

Our Sub-Acute Inpatient Program Features

When a child or adolescent enters our sub-acute inpatient program, his or her care will be guided by a personalized treatment plan that has been developed based on the thorough assessment. The personalized treatment plan will be implemented by a multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals. Depending upon the services that the young person receives, he or she may work with the following professionals:

• Board-certified psychiatrists
• Therapists
• Social workers
• Psychiatric nurses
• Therapeutic recreational specialists
• Nurse practitioners
• Mental health technicians

All young people who are receiving care at the sub-acute inpatient level at our treatment center will participate in individual, group, and family therapy. Those who can benefit from the inclusion of certain prescription medications in their personalized treatment plan may also receive medication management services throughout their time in our sub-acute inpatient treatment program.
The therapeutic interventions that are implemented at the sub-acute inpatient level incorporate or are based upon the principles and practices of a variety of therapeutic approaches, including the following:

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

In addition to medication management, a wide variety of therapeutic activities, and round-the-clock supervision, our treatment center’s sub-acute inpatient program also provides academic services to school-aged patients.

All children and adolescents who are enrolled in school when they enter treatment at Valley Behavioral Health System in Fort Smith, Arkansas will attend school throughout their time in our sub-acute inpatient program, where they will receive expert instruction and support from professionals who have specialized expertise in providing an academic experience to young people in a therapeutic environment.
We will also coordinate our academic services with the young person’s home school to facilitate the transfer of all credits that the child or adolescent earns while he or she is in treatment with us.

Ongoing Support

For the majority of our patients and their families, the sub-acute inpatient program is just one step along the path of continued healing. Whether a young person enters our treatment center at the sub-acute inpatient level or transitions into this level of care from our acute inpatient program, we understand that he or she will likely need continued support following his or her time with us.
For this reason, we place great emphasis on conducting a thorough discharge planning process that begins the day a young person enters our program. This extended discharge planning process ensures that the final plan will reflect the young person’s progress throughout his or her time in treatment, and will best identify all areas of need that will be best served by some form of ongoing support.

When the young person completes his or her time at Valley Behavioral Health, he or she will leave with a detailed plan that identifies the professional referrals, community-based services, and other elements that will best support his or her efforts to maintain and build upon the progress that he or she made while in our care.

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