We are thrilled to announce that The Emily Program will open a new residential program for adolescents in Columbus, Ohio in early 2022. With this expansion, we will address the lack of residential treatment available to adolescents in the state.
“We’re very excited to bring this residential program to Columbus,” said Dr. Jillian Lampert, The Emily Program’s Chief Strategy Officer. “Eating disorders are serious illnesses, but we also know they are highly treatable. Access to effective care at the appropriate level is critical. Residential treatment isn’t widely available in the region, especially for adolescents, so we’re pleased to be able to meet that need.”
An estimated 1,029,001 people in Ohio struggle with eating disorders, and the cost of these illnesses going untreated is staggering. Eating disorders have the second-highest mortality rate of any mental illness, following opioid use disorder.
“Residential treatment is the best option for many individuals struggling with severe symptoms or those who require more structure and support than an outpatient facility can provide,” said Dr. Mark Warren, Chief Medical Officer of The Emily Program. “At this level of care, a multidisciplinary team of physicians, therapists, dietitians, and other health and education professionals work together to achieve medical, psychological, and nutritional stability. Residential treatment also equips clients with the skills to continue recovery at lower levels of care and within their own support system.”
The residential program will be conveniently housed in the same building as the current outpatient facility on Ravines Edge, which will support continuity of care as clients transition to different treatment levels during their recovery.
The Columbus adolescent residential program will serve clients ages 10–18 of all genders with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. The Emily Program in Columbus, which opened its doors earlier this year after joining with The Center for Balanced Living, also offers partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and individual outpatient programs for adults. These programs will soon be offered for adolescents as well. Individual, family, and group interventions for addressing core eating disorder thoughts and behaviors include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Family-Based Treatment (FBT), nutritional rehabilitation and counseling, art and yoga therapies, and medical and psychiatric management.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, contact us for an assessment at 1-888-364-5977 or complete our online form. To learn more about eating disorder education, advocacy, and financial support in Ohio, visit centerforbalancedliving.org.
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