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 Riverview 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 Riverview 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.
  • 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

What to Bring to Inpatient Treatment

At Riverview Behavioral Health, we have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for both our patients and our staff. For this reason, there are certain items that cannot be allowed on our inpatient units, and we respectfully ask that you leave those at home.

Conversely, there are a number of items that we encourage you to bring in order to promote a more comfortable stay during your time with us.

A list of both acceptable and unacceptable items are listed below. As with all elements of your stay here at Riverview Behavioral Health, our staff is available to assist you with this process. If there are items that you are unsure about, please do not hesitate to ask a member of our staff and he or she will be glad to help you determine whether or not it is an acceptable item.

Items You Can Bring

(Note: Any string or rope-like materials are prohibited.)

5 sets of clothing

  • Pants without belts or drawstrings that are not too tight
  • Shirts/tops without hoods that are not revealing and do not have an inappropriate slogan of any kind
  • Shoes that do not require shoestrings – No boots
  • At least one jacket during cooler weather without a hood or anything that could be used for self-harm
  • Underwear – no thongs
  • Bras without underwire
  • Grooming items such as toothbrush, comb, brush, toothpaste
  • Hygiene products that are not in glass containers or aerosol cans and do not contain alcohol

NOTE: Meals, medications, snacks, paper, and writing utensils are all provided by the facility. If you or your child has allergies, please let us know so that we can accommodate your needs.

Please note that items not included in this list could be considered contraband and may not be allowed in the building. If you have questions about any items not listed, please contact us at 870-772-5028 and make an inquiry on what is not allowed.

Items You Can't Bring

(Note: Any items with sharp points are prohibited.)

  • Shoes with shoelaces
  • Belts of any kind
  • Spiked heels or boots
  • Steel-toed shoes or boots
  • Shoes or boots with metal tips, etc.
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Stuffed animals
  • Fingernail files
  • Nail clippers
  • Scissors
  • Needles or pins
  • Aerosol spray cans
  • Paracord bracelets or necklaces
  • Hair dryers
  • Curling irons
  • Musical instruments
  • Any electrical equipment or equipment with cords
  • Laptops / computer equipment / tablets
  • Radios / CDs / DVDs / MP3 players
  • Tape recorders / cameras / video cameras
  • Glass objects, such as mirrors
  • Alcohol-based cleaners or toiletry items (e.g. mouthwash, astringent, etc.)
  • Make-up
  • Cigarettes / cigars
  • Lighters / matches
  • E-Cigarettes
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Money
  • Cell phone
  • Car keys
  • Knives
  • Firearms and/or ammunition

Not Sure About Something?

Furthermore, it is highly encouraged that all jewelry be left at home, and all body piercings must be removed before admissions into programming.

Again, if you have any questions regarding items that are allowed at Riverview and those that are not, please do not hesitate to reach out to a staff member for clarification.

These affiliations are an official recognition of Riverview’s dedication to offering exceptional treatment.
  • Arkansas Hospital Association
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
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