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Eating Recovery Center Admissions Process

for Patients with Eating & Behavioral Disorders

In order to assess each patient’s medical, psychological and social history and determine the appropriate level of care, the Clinical Assessment team will conduct a comprehensive assessment prior to admission.

These assessments generally take about one hour and can be conducted in person or over the phone.

Assessments will be conducted directly with patients and family members (if appropriate), and if you work with an outpatient treatment team, the Clinical Assessment team will collect relevant information from those professionals in advance of your admission as well.

Should you elect to move forward with admission, this assessment data is used to support the treatment team in designing an individualized treatment plan that meets your unique needs.

On the date of admission, a member of the Clinical Assessment department will walk patients and their families through the intake process, which includes relevant paperwork, a physical exam to capture vitals and weight, a tour the facility and an introduction to the treatment team.

Patients Admitted to Eating Recovery Center for Eating Disorder Treatment


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How soon can I admit to Eating Recovery Center?

Admissions dates are determined on a case-by-case basis, and are based on the space availability as well as the medical status, acuity of their illness and past treatment history of the patient. Generally speaking, admissions for patients experiencing medical complications will be expedited. At the time of the pre-admission assessment, the Clinical Assessment team should be able to give you a sense for when admission is likely in an effort to give you time to make travel plans and address other logistical details associated with treatment (leave from work or school, child care, etc.).

Q: Am I required to stay in treatment at Eating Recovery Center for a certain amount of time?

There is no required length of stay in any of Eating Recovery Center’s levels of care. Our individualized treatment plans recognize the unique needs of each patient as they move along the spectrum of eating disorders recovery; therefore, we do not mandate a predetermined time commitment in our programming.

Q: Will my family be involved in the treatment process?

All treatment plans are individualized, but generally families are involved in treatment to some extent. Eating disorders don’t just affect individuals—they affect families. As such, Eating Recovery Center recognizes the importance of involving the family in treatment and has designed its programming to involve families in the recovery process. The specific involvement of families will vary based on the needs and treatment plan for each patient, although families are generally encouraged to participate in Family Days, a three-day program designed to educate families about eating disorders and help them understand how to best support their loved ones following treatment. Family Days also offers families the opportunity to spend time with you and participate in onsite family therapy sessions.

Family participation is particularly critical for child and adolescent patients. Eating Recovery Center’s Child and Adolescent Services uses a three-phase model rooted in Family-Based Therapy (FBT). Learn more about family involvement at Eating Recovery Center’s Behavioral Hospital for Children and Adolescents.

Q: What is the difference between Inpatient and Residential levels of care?

If you are admitted to the Inpatient program at Eating Recovery Center, you have medical or mood instability stemming from your eating disorder and will require 24/7 medical support. At the Inpatient level of care, patients are not confined to a hospital bed or room. To the extent that they are physically able, patients at the Inpatient level of care are encouraged to participate in Eating Recovery Center’s programming and interact with the supportive treatment community of patients and staff. Once you become medically stable, you will step down to the Residential program, which is designed for patients that need 24-hour support, but that no longer require the medical support and stabilization at the same intensity as the Inpatient program. The Residential program offers round-the-clock observation and support, as well as daytime medical and psychiatric supervision. Both programs offer a structured schedule incorporating groups, community meetings and individual therapy to model a recovery-based daily structure to help patients overcome their destructive routines, rules and behaviors.

Q: Do you accept insurance?

Yes. Eating Recovery Center has contracted with several insurance companies. Our Business Office is committed to helping patients and families understand their insurance coverage and the financial obligations of eating disorders treatment, and serves as a liaison between families and third-party payers to ensure that insurance benefits are fully leveraged to make treatment financially accessible.

We explain insurance and eating disorder treatment in more detail here.

Eating Recovery Center accepts the following insurance plans:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • Humana/Lifesynch
  • Kaiser
  • Moda Health Plan
  • Multiplan
  • PHCS Multiplan
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP)
  • United Behavioral Health/Optum
  • Value Options

Q: Do you treat dual diagnoses?

Yes. Eating Recovery Center has expertise in the treatment of eating disorders and comorbid conditions, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, addiction and diabetes.

Q: Will I be allowed to practice my religion while in treatment at Eating Recovery Center?

While Eating Recovery Center is a non-denominational treatment center, the treatment curriculum is rooted heavily in identification and practicing of values. As spirituality is often a central value for individuals, Eating Recovery Center is committed to accommodating patients as they explore their religion in the recovery process. Examples of such accommodations include dietary adjustments based on religion-based nutritional beliefs, the option to attend a non-denominational Christian service every Sunday, access to spiritual leaders of their respective faiths and access to an on-site Chaplain to explore spiritual matters.

Q: What happens when I complete treatment at Eating Recovery Center?

We are committed to providing you with support and resources at every stage of the recovery process, even after you complete treatment in our programs. Upon discharge, Eating Recovery Center will organize a detailed aftercare plan, complete with scheduled appointments with your existing outpatient treatment team, or in the event you don’t have an existing team, with trusted professionals in your area selected by our clinical staff. For patients needing ongoing support, guidance or encouragement as they reintegrate into their lives following treatment, Eating Recovery Center’s Outpatient Services offers an Intensive Outpatient Program, as well as recovery services by appointment. Also, Eating Recovery Center offers programming to support the lasting recovery of alumni of our programs, including events and helpful resources featuring practical recovery advice from our team of medical and clinical experts.


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