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 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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center.

  • 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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Federal Funds May Help Texas Fight Opioid Abuse, Addiction

Officials, community leaders, healthcare experts, and families in Belton and throughout Texas are hopeful that legislative changes and increased funding will help make 2017 the year that Texas begins to gain ground in the fight against opioid addiction.

The Ongoing Opioid Crisis in Texas

As noted in a July 24, 2016, Texas Tribune article, the abuse of opioids and other addictive substances has taken a dramatic toll on individuals and families in Texas:

  • The annual number of opioid-related deaths in Texas has risen by 80 percent in the past 20 years.
  • Fewer than 9 percent of Texans who have a drug problem get treatment.
  • Per capita spending in Texas on substance abuse and mental health is significantly below the national average (according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Texas’s spending trails the national average by about 35 percent).

“Opioid prescription drug and heroin addiction is ripping away at the fiber of our homes and our communities in our nation,” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said in the Texas Tribune article. “It’s destroying families, increasing crime, making our communities less safe, hurting our economy, and robbing millions of Americans of their future.”

Federal Help to Fight Opioid Abuse

The fight against opioid abuse in Belton, throughout Texas, and across the United States got a boost in July 2016, when President Barack Obama signed Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) into law. According to the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the following are among the many initiatives that are authorized by CARA:

  • Expanding prevention and educational efforts to prevent the abuse of methamphetamines, opioids and heroin, and to promote treatment and recovery
  • Increasing availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help reverse the effects of opioid overdose
  • Expanding resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction disorders
  • Increasing disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications
  • Launching an evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and intervention program to expand best practices throughout the United States.
  • Promoting a medication assisted treatment and intervention demonstration program.
  • Strengthening prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion and to help at-risk individuals access services.

Estimates by the Congressional Budget Office indicate that if CARA’s provisions are fully funded by Congress, Texas would receive about $48 million from the federal government to aid in the fight against opioid abuse and addiction.

Help for Opioid Addiction in Belton

As the county seat of Bell County and part of the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood metropolitan area, Belton, Texas has clearly been impacted by the state’s struggles with opioid abuse and addiction. On the positive side, Belton’s central location means that the comprehensive addiction treatment programs that are located there can be easily accessed by individuals throughout the state.

Although opioid addiction can be an extremely difficult disorder to overcome, effective treatment can help a person to end his or her dependence upon heroin, prescription painkillers, or other opioids. If you or someone that you love can benefit from professional treatment for opioid addiction in Belton, please know that help is available and a brighter future, free from the constraints and limitations of this devastating disorder, can be achieved.

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Thanks to Cedar Crest, my son was able to get the lasting recovery he deserved from his addiction and his co-occurring mental health disorder. I am super grateful!

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