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 Erlanger 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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • 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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The Jason Foundation

Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital in Chattanooga, TN, is proud to support The Jason Foundation’s effort to combat the silent epidemic of youth suicide. Together, we’re dedicated to sharing information and empowering individuals throughout Tennessee to recognize the signs of youth suicide and intervene to protect children and adolescents who are at risk for ending their own lives.

About The Jason Foundation

Leading the national effort to end youth suicide

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending what its founder Clark Flatt refers to as “the silent epidemic” of youth suicide. Clark Flatt established JFI in 1997 following the death of his 16-year-old son, Jason. JFI’s headquarters are in Hendersonville, Tennessee, but the organization has affiliates and partners throughout the United States.

Education & Awareness

Empowering children, adolescents, and adults to prevent youth suicide

To protect young people from suicide, The Jason Foundation works to increase awareness and develop essential skills among students, parents, teachers, coaches, clergy, youth workers, and others who are involved in the lives of young people. The foundation’s initiatives include the following:

  • Establishing a curriculum unit for students
  • Developing a variety of in-person and online training programs for teachers, coaches, and other adults
  • Creating the “A Friend Asks” smartphone app to educate individuals about suicide warning signs and appropriate responses
  • Partnering with country music band Rascal Flatts to promote “The B1 Pledge,” which prepares people to identify and act upon signs that indicate that a young person may be at risk for suicide
  • Working with state legislatures to pass The Jason Flatt Act, which mandates suicide prevention training for teachers

The Jason Foundation has made great progress. For example, since 2001, when Tennessee became the first state to pass The Jason Flatt Act, 19 additional states have also done so. In all of these states, the provisions of the legislation were supported by each state’s department of education and teachers’ association.

Understanding the Risk

Statistics about youth suicide in Tennessee

However, much work remains to be done in the effort to eliminate the risk of suicide among children and adolescents. The following statistics from the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network document the prevalence of youth suicide in Tennessee:

  • Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among adolescents ages 10-14 in Tennessee.
  • Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults ages 15-24 in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS) has reported the following statistics about the suicide risk among high school students in the state:

  • More than 16% of high school students (grades 9-12) in Tennessee have considered suicide at least once in the past 12 months.
  • About 13% of Tennessee high school students have planned how they would attempt to end their own lives.
  • About 8% of Tennessee high school students told researchers that they have attempted suicide at least once in the previous year.
A United Effort to End Youth Suicide

Our partnership with The Jason Foundation

Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital in Chattanooga, TN, is a proud affiliate of The Jason Foundation. As part of this partnership, we offer suicide prevention training materials free of charge to individuals, schools, and communities throughout Tennessee.

To learn more about how you, your family, or your organization can join the effort to end youth suicide in Tennessee, please contact us at your convenience. For more about The Jason Foundation, visit

Marks of Quality Care
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation