Events like the M.O.M. March and EDC Lobby Day highlight to legislators and the general public the seriousness of eating disorders and the need for better insurance coverage. Advocacy at these events includes talking to legislators about the Anna Westin Act of 2015. Designed to improve eating disorder treatment and prevention by focusing on training, treatment, and truth in advertising, the Anna Westin Act has bipartisan support and is poised to be a vehicle for change in how eating disorder treatment is covered.
Center for Discovery is very proud to sponsor these events. Since 1997 we have been a leader in providing evidence-based residential and intensive outpatient eating disorder treatment. Each day we encounter children, adolescents, and adult women who exist in dire physical and psychological circumstances due to these serious illnesses. As we work tirelessly to provide the best care possible for the clients who enter our programs, there are thousands of individuals who are unable to receive the care they need.
Eating disorder treatment is ideally provided in phases. When first diagnosed, a person may need to be hospitalized for a time to be medically stabilized. A natural step-down from inpatient care is residential, which provides 24-hour care and programming in a residential setting. Following residential, the treatment team may recommend a partial hospitalization day treatment or intensive outpatient program as a bridge to strictly outpatient treatment. For some, insurance coverage ends once medical stabilization is reached. For others, inpatient and outpatient may be covered but other services are not. As a result, recovery may be difficult to achieve and sustain. Early, appropriate intervention is essential for lasting recovery. For patients who fall through the cracks, fighting an eating disorder becomes even more of an uphill battle. As a provider of residential treatment, Center for Discovery is very concerned that those who need treatment have access to it. If passed, the Anna Westin Act will clarify the 2008 Mental Health Parity Act to ensure coverage for residential treatment.
We are thrilled to stand with families, survivors, advocates, and legislators in a unified front to fight eating disorders and lobby for better treatment. Please consider joining us in the Nation’s Capital on October 27th and 28th for these historic, powerful events. As a constituent with a vote and a voice, you have the power to catalyze change. Center for Discovery is behind all of those who cannot speak for themselves as we work to bring essential treatment services to all those who need it so critically.
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We look forward to seeing you in October!