Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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 Vantage Point Behavioral Health Hospital 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 Vantage Point Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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.

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

Arkansas Prepares for Medical Marijuana

In 2016, new legislation was passed in Arkansas which will allow the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes, and law enforcement personnel across the state are working to navigate a scenario that puts local laws at odds with federal regulations.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, also known as Issue 6, will allow individuals with an approved prescription to grow and consume certain amounts of the drug under their doctors’ supervision. As many other states are beginning to legalize marijuana for medical use or decriminalize it all together for recreational purposes, communities across the United States are in dialogue about what the outcomes of these new laws will be.

Treatment Regulations

Although medical marijuana regulation differs from state to state, in Arkansas, the drug has been approved to treat the following conditions: cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Tourette’s syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe arthritis, fibromyalgia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Additionally, the substance can be approved to treat other conditions if approved by the Arkansas Department of Health.

A Revenue Source for Arkansas

Aside from providing relief to individuals suffering from the health conditions listed above, supporters of Issue 6 cite an economic benefit to the legalization of marijuana for medical use.

As a legal substance, medical marijuana will be taxed by the state of Arkansas, and revenue from its sales will be used to fund the costs associated with administering the legislation and supporting various workforce and educational initiatives in the state.

The Critics Weigh In

Although Issue 6 has received widespread support throughout Arkansas, there are some that are voicing concerns about potential downsides of the legislation. In a recent statement, The Arkansas Department of Health said that they do not approve of Issue 6 for two reasons.

Firstly, they assert that the law puts local law enforcement officials and prescribing physicians at odds with federal regulations surrounding the legality of the drug. Secondly, they cite a lack of longitudinal research about the effectiveness of the drug in treating the conditions listed in the law, stating that there are other approved drugs that could legally be prescribed.

The Potential for Abuse

As more communities pass laws and amendments similar to Arkansas’ Issue 6, many look forward to increasingly progressive attitudes regarding marijuana use for medical purposes. But as with any medication, marijuana carries with it the potential to become a substance of abuse if used outside of recommended guidelines.

As marijuana access increases in Arkansas, addictions professionals must be available to provide the support that will be needed in instances of chemical dependence. And fortunately, quality treatment centers exists in Arkansas where men and women who fall victim to a substance use disorder can access the services they need to overcome addictive behaviors.

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I wanted to give this recommendation for Vantage Point. This hospital has been very good for me. They work very hard to make sure their patients are well taken care of. I felt lucky to be here for in-house stay and now for IOP. If you need help emotionally this is the place to be.

– a former client