How & When To Refer A Patient

Treatment Referral Resources

Thank you for considering Eating Recovery Center or Insight Behavioral Health as a treatment resource for your patient requiring a higher level of eating disorder care.
Our admissions process is designed with referring professionals in mind, and involves thorough assessment and information-sharing to ensure a holistic picture of the patient’s medical, psychological and social status. Our team involves you throughout the treatment process so you become educated, focused and knowledgeable about how to treat this illness and support the recovery of patients and families struggling with an eating disorder.

You have three ways to make a referral

  1. Contact our master’s level Clinical Assessment staff at 877-711-1878
  2. Email us at
  3. Or, if you are a MyERC member, click here to access the Quick Admit form.

Our is Clinical Assessment Team is available to answer any of your questions about the referral process, treatment programs and aftercare planning. Additionally, we invite you to click here to review Frequently Asked Questions regarding Eating Recovery Center’s admissions process, insurance contracts and our commitment to engaging referring professionals in the treatment of their patients

When to refer a patient

If one of your patients present with any of the following symptoms, we encourage you to consider referring them to a higher level of care.

Common Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

  • Weight at/below 85% of ideal for age
  • Significant/dramatic decrease in normal growth chart curve for weight
  • Excessive or compulsive exercise
  • Bradycardia and/or orthostasis
  • Absence of, delayed onset of or sporadic/light menses
  • Fatigue, cold-intolerance, dizziness and/or hair thinning/loss
  • Sudden interest in “healthy” eating, vegetarianism, veganism

Important note: Patients with Anorexia Nervosa will often present with normal labs and vitals.

Common Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa

  • Bingeing more than once per week
  • Purging more than once per week
  • Purging behaviors can include: self-induced vomiting; laxative, diet pill and/or diuretic abuse; exercise; chewing and spitting of food; insulin misuse
  • Bradycardia and/orthostasis
  • Low normal to abnormal labs; can include electrolyte abnormalities

Important note: Patients with Bulimia Nervosa are often of average weight and deny physical symptoms.

Common Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Characterized by frequent overeating (bingeing)—at least once a week for three months—combined with feeling a loss of control, intense feelings of distress and three or more of the following behaviors:
  • Eating more rapidly than normal
  • Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food even when not feeling physically hungry
  • Eating alone due to feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating
  • Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed or guilty after eating and/or between binges
Learn about our Binge Eating & Treatment Recovery Program.

Other Eating Disorders Symptoms

  • Medically stable to the extent patient does not require medical hospitalization
    Requires structure and supervision in order to gain weight or cease eating disorder behaviors
  • Patient has limited social support
  • Patient is not improving, despite outpatient therapy
Thank you for considering Eating Recovery Center as a treatment resource for your patient requiring a higher level of eating disorder care.
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