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 Behavioral Health Center & Outpatient Treatment Program in Barling, 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.

Who Our Intensive Outpatient & Partial Hospitalization Programs Are For

As part of our commitment to provide comprehensive treatment through an array of therapeutic programming options, at Valley Behavioral Health System, we are happy to provide care through our intensive outpatient program (IOP). Located in downtown Barling, Arkansas, in the Arkansas River Valley, our intensive outpatient program is designed for individuals who are either stepping down from a more rigorous form of care, such as inpatient treatment or a partial hospitalization program (PHP), or who are in need of more intense care than that which is typically offered in a traditional outpatient program.

Our intensive outpatient program is available for men and women, aged 18 and older, who are struggling with mental health concerns. Groups are offered Monday through Friday, and lunch is provided each day.

Providing Flexibility

The intensive outpatient program at Valley Behavioral Health in Barling, Arkansas, offers a choice of morning or afternoon groups so that clients have the ability to attend based on what times work best within their personal schedules. Clients may attend three to five sessions per week, and the length of time that they spend in programming will be determined based on their specific needs and treatment goals. Each client in IOP is afforded an individualized treatment plan that is created in collaboration with the client, his or her psychiatrist, and his or her therapist. These customized plans of care work to ensure that all clients receive the most comprehensive treatment possible so that they can achieve successful recovery.

In order to devise these tailored plans of care, clients who engage in the intensive outpatient program at Valley Behavioral Health in Barling, Arkansas, will first take part in a thorough assessment. This assessment helps set the stage for the therapeutic interventions that will be implemented, as it allows staff members to gain an understanding of what concerns are plaguing clients, how long they have been suffering, what specific areas they want to address, and what their goals for recovery are. Once the assessment is complete, the treatment teams will work collaboratively with each client in order to create a treatment plan that successfully addresses all of his or her needs.

Features of Our Intensive Outpatient & Partial Hospitalization Programs

While every client who engages in IOP at our treatment center is afforded an individualized treatment plan, there are certain facets of care that may be included in each of those plans. Examples of such are detailed briefly in the following:

  • Individual therapy: Individual therapy provides clients with a time to meet one-to-one with their therapist in a confidential setting where they can process through their time in treatment. In this environment, individuals are able to discuss any concerns that they have, ask questions regarding things that they may be struggling with, and celebrate successes in their recovery.
  • Family therapy: When individuals are suffering from mental or behavioral health concerns, the resulting effects can impact the lives of their loved ones. For this reason, Valley Behavioral Health offers family therapy sessions that are designed to give loved ones an outlet for rebuilding their relationships, understanding the disease that is plaguing their loved one, and finding support amongst one another.
  • Group therapy: Group therapy is the main component of treatment utilized in the intensive outpatient program. Group therapy sessions are beneficial in offering clients an opportunity to engage in topics of discussion that relate to them and the challenges that they are facing. Group sessions also benefit clients in that it provides them with a space where they can give and receive support to and from peers who may experiencing similar trials. The types of groups offered in Valley Behavioral Health’s IOP include psychoeducation groups, process groups, and social skills groups. The specific topics that are discussed within these groups will vary, but include things such as impulsivity, self-esteem, self-control, and decision making.

The majority of a person’s time in IOP will be spent in groups, as they offer individuals ongoing support and encouragement while learning and practicing skills that can enable lifelong recovery.

Next Steps

By choosing to engage in the intensive outpatient program, individuals will be afforded the evidence-based interventions that are proven to create lasting changes, while still adhering to responsibilities in their everyday lives.

If you or someone you love might benefit from the compassionate and expertly-delivered services that we offer in the intensive outpatient program at treatment center, please contact us at your convenience. Our admissions team members are happy to discuss our programs with you, answer any questions that you may have, and help you determine if the intensive outpatient program at Valley Behavioral Health in Barling, Arkansas is the best place for you or your loved one to achieve lasting healing. All assessments are free and confidential. Do not let the struggles of today prevent you from having a brighter tomorrow.

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