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 Center for Hope of the Sierras 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 Center for Hope of the Sierras.

  • 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


News 4 has started the conversation on bullying–looking at how pervasive the problem is and how it can leave deep scars. It’s a topic striking a nerve with lots of our viewers.

We take a look at one young Disney star, Demi Lovato–she’s an actress in the Disney Channel movie series, “Camp Rock.”

She’s been vocal about her experience with being bullied. Lovato has said her bullying past has left her dealing with mental distress. Lovato says, “I just don’t want anyone else to have to deal with that.”

But lots of kids deal with bullying–and now 18-year-old Lovato continues to deal with the mental scars bullying has left behind. Lovato has dropped out of a concert tour with pop band, The Jonas Brothers, to receive treatment for her struggles with an eating disorder. Bullying doesn’t always harvest itself into an eating disorder–but it can lead to bigger issues: like depression, sleep deprivation, anxiety, or self-mutilation.

I visited the Center for Hope of the Sierras–an eating disorder treatment center nestled in a Reno neighborhood. Executive Director Brandon Keppner says while each case is unique, the center sees patients’ struggles with eating disorders can often be tied to bullying–even if they don’t recognize it at first. “Sometimes if you just use the phrase “bullying” I essence it is bullying they’ll say “no” it’s not that. But then you’ll ask them what started it? And they’ll say some of the kids at school made comments and then they start second-guessing their own securities,” Keppner says. “And then it’s their own image and how they portray themselves and so they start trying to alter themselves because of things other people are saying.”

“That in an essence is bullying, but it’s just not always seen that way,” Keppner adds. The Center for Hope of the Sierras offers free assessments over the phone, and patients or friends & families can always call the center for resources.