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 Tower Behavioral Health 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.

In adherence to the social distancing recommendations provided by the CDC, we have implemented strict protocols at our clinic to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Patients who have active symptoms of illness or a fever of 100 degrees or higher must call ahead to arrange after-hours dosing.
  • The number of people allowed inside the building at any given time is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines.
  • The number of people waiting in line is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines, and those present must maintain a minimum distance of six feet from one another.
  • To maintain line restrictions, patients are asked to wait in their cars until direction is given.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

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 Tower Behavioral Health.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Reading, Pennsylvania’s Premier Inpatient Treatment Program for Adolescents

Adolescents who have been struggling with mental health concerns and related behaviors can receive personalized inpatient care through the Inspiration Unit at Tower Behavioral Health. This specialized unit offers age-appropriate programming for adolescents ages 14-17.

Benefits of the Inspiration Unit

The Inspiration Unit is designed to serve adolescents ages 14-17 who have been experiencing distress related to mental and behavioral health concerns. Adolescents who receive care in this unit benefit from personalized services, trauma-informed care, a safe and supportive treatment environment, family support and coordination, and educational services. Treatment focuses on helping adolescents recognize and develop their inherent strengths so that they can make a successful transition home.

Each adolescent who receives care in the Inspiration Unit is an active participant in their treatment planning. This process begins with a thorough review of their medical, psychological, behavioral, social, family, academic, legal, and treatment history, with the goal of identifying strategies that can be helpful in providing initial and sustained relief of the symptoms they have been experiencing. The Inspiration Unit is a safe and supportive environment where adolescents can achieve stabilization, develop and practice healthy coping skills, and establish a solid foundation for sustained progress.

Adolescents who receive care in the Inspiration Unit work in active collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals. Treatment teams in this unit include an adolescent psychiatrist, physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), registered nurses (RNs), dietitians, therapists, social workers, behavioral health technicians, and other experts as needed.

In addition to providing superior, person-focused care, this team also coordinates with parents or other caregivers to ensure that they are best prepared to support the adolescent during and after their time in treatment.

Therapeutic Services

Our treatment professionals are committed to providing each adolescent with a unique experience that addresses their specific needs and empowers them to manage the mental health symptoms they’ve been struggling with.

Depending on the needs each adolescent presents with when they enter treatment, their initial plan may include intervention strategies that incorporate an array of evidence-based therapies and best practices, such as:

  • Individual intervention
  • Group therapy
  • Family meetings and support
  • Activity and recreational therapy
  • Yoga
  • Horticulture
  • Life skills development
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Psychoeducational sessions
  • Safety and wellness planning
  • Ongoing discharge planning

The typical length of stay in the Inspiration Unit is approximately 14 days. This allows enough time for most individuals to stabilize from the initial distressing event, learn and practice a variety of healthy coping skills in a safe space, and prepare for the transition home with the support of their treatment team and peer community.

All adolescents are unique and can present to treatment with a wide range of symptoms, so the exact amount of time a person remains in the Inspiration Unit is determined by their treatment plan.

Educational Support

In addition to comprehensive clinical services, adolescents who receive care through the Inspiration Unit also benefit from strong educational support led by a certified teacher who develops and delivers individualized educational plans for each patient. The teacher coordinates with the student’s home school district and provides their academic curriculum in an on-site classroom environment.

Students in the Inspiration Unit typically receive about two hours of academic instruction throughout the day. Classroom participation is seamlessly incorporated into the treatment day, and the teacher is an active member of each patient’s multidisciplinary treatment team. Individual education consults are also available either by student request or at the direction of the treatment team.

Continuing Care

The time an adolescent spends in our Inspiration Unit can be a vital step on their path to a healthy recovery. While engaged in this inpatient program, adolescents can practice new strategies for coping in a safe therapeutic environment. We are committed to preparing each adolescent to continue these practices when they transition home.

Our discharge planning process begins during the admission process. This ensures that adolescents, their families, and other members of their personal support network are connected with professional services and community-based resources that will help them maintain the progress they made with us.

Depending on each patient’s unique circumstances, discharge planning may also incorporate primary care physicians, children and youth services agencies, school districts, and other relevant organizations.

This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Tower Behavioral Health.


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