Eating Disorder Care and Referral Sources

Hospitalization: For individuals who need 24-hour medical attention due to malnourishment, electrolyte imbalances, cardiac conditions, severe dehydration.


Residential Treatment: For individuals who need the structure of a 24-hour program, but that are not severely medically compromised. Eating Disorder behaviors are severe and require supervision. These programs manage medical symptoms of the eating disorder. The individual cannot reduce behavior at a lower level and requires more structure. The individual may also lack the appropriate social support and needs help with normalizing eating behaviors. These programs tend to be in a home like setting that mimic the "real-world.”


Partial Hospitalization (PHP) or Day Treatment: For individuals who do not reduce behaviors at a lower level of care or need the day time structure of a program to normalize eating. These programs are between 6-8 hours per day and start out at five days per week. They include meals in treatment, but the individual also gets to be at home with their loved ones at night.


Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP): For individuals who need more structure than a typical outpatient program and who could benefit from a more intensive outpatient plan. These programs are at minimum 3 hours per day 1-5 days a week.


Outpatient Programs: Treatment with outpatient providers for individual, family, group therapy, nutrition therapy, and psychiatry. It is common for a multidisciplinary treatment team to work collaboratively to help treat the eating disorder so that a higher level of care can be prevented. Also indicated in an aftercare plan after one has undergone treatment in a higher level of care. This treatment can be more long term to maintain progress and to address the underlying causes of the disorder and to address ongoing life stressors. Treatment can be one or more times a week depending on the level of severity of the eating disorder.