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 Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center 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 Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center.

  • 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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Texas Schools Respond to the Impact of Bullying on Mental Health

Texas Schools Respond to Bullying

Schools in Temple and Belton, Texas have gained publicity as the focus of a study by the Human Rights Watch designed to address the problem of bullying that is currently impacting students throughout the state and across the nation.

Public and private schools alike have been grappling with the onslaught of negative effects brought on by bullying, and administrators from two Texas high schools say that they take bullying very seriously. This is because students who are bullied experience a myriad of negative effects including increased absences, more illnesses and somatic complaints, difficulty achieving to academic potential, social deficits, greater rates of anxiety and depression, and more.

Bullying and Mental Health

Bullying has long seen as a typical part of childhood, but attitudes about bullying have undergone a major shift over the past decade. This is in light of new data that shows a direct correlation between bullying and mental health. Students who are bullied at school or who are cyberbullied via technologies and social networks are at an increased risk for depression that can, if left untreated, lead them to thoughts of suicide and self-harming behaviors. In this digital age, bullying can pervade a young person’s life, meaning that a victim cannot escape his or her aggressor simply by getting off the bus and returning home, as was the case in former years.

But the Texas schools mentioned above are doing their part to ensure that their students have the support they need. All of the districts’ school counselors have masters-level training in mental health and crisis response, and participate in trainings to stay abreast of the latest best practices in these areas. Furthermore, the schools offer preventative education to both students and staff, and this programming is designed to help the entire school population learn about warning signs of bullying, and what to do in response.

The Importance of Reporting

School staff say that one of the biggest challenges in dealing with bullying is not knowing about it when it occurs. Some students may be reluctant to report aggressive behavior, or may not be sure who they should talk to.

But administrators assure students and staff alike that they take reports of bullying very seriously, and when a complaint is made, the building’s administrator will follow up with all who were involved. Then, should it be found that the report is valid, students who engage in harassing or bullying behavior will be disciplined in accordance with the school district’s policies and procedures.

If you or a student you work with is being bullied, be sure to reach out to a teacher or administrator who can connect you with your building’s school counselor. He or she can then meet with the student to offer support, and help to create strategies for preventing further bullying from occurring, and identify any possible symptoms of mental health conditions that may need additional support to resolve.

By working together in unison, school staff and students can join forces to prevent bullying from occurring, and shift their schools’ climate toward a learning environment where all feel safe.

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