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 Outpatient Center & 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.

Flexible Outpatient Options

At Valley Behavioral Health in Fort Smith, Arkansas, we are proud to offer a variety of mental health care for all of our adolescent, adult, and senior patients. In order to ensure that we reach our goal of helping each and every one of our patients achieve a happier, healthier life we provide a number of outpatient programs to accompany our inpatient programs. For our adult patient’s we offer two step-down options including our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and our intensive outpatient program (IOP), both of which are designed to treat a wide range of mental health disorders. Each specific program is discussed in more detail below.

Adult Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

This program is designed for adult patients who are still in need of mental health treatment, but no longer need the intensive structure of an inpatient treatment program. Adults in this program will meet Monday through Friday for five hours a day but will spend evenings in their own home. The main treatment focus of the PHP program is centered on group therapy, but individual and family therapy are available if needed. Additionally, medication management is provided throughout programming by a licensed physician.

Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our IOP program is for those patients who still need some extensive therapy, but also do not require acute inpatient stabilization. With a choice of morning or afternoon groups, this program is held 3-5 times per week, depending upon the needs of the patient. Just like the PHP program at our treatment center, treatment is group therapy format including process groups, education groups, and social skills groups. If needed individual and family therapy can be added to the treatment plan.

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