Our Clinical Model
The Emily Program is excited to launch a new clinical model in January 2018. This model will help us carry out our mission, vision, and core guiding principles, which center on providing exceptional, individualized care leading to eating disorder recovery.
Overall, our treatment programs will remain much the same:
- We will continue to provide specialty care for eating disorders.
- We will continue to offer a full spectrum of treatment—from higher levels of care to non-intensive outpatient.
- We will continue to offer evidence-based care through a multidisciplinary care team that integrates medical, therapeutic, psychiatric, and nutritional expertise.
- Clients will continue to call and register through a centralized team of admissions specialists. With our recently implemented direct admission process, those currently in treatment or who live outside driving distance of a site will receive a preliminary intake over the phone.
Why a new clinical model?
As The Emily Program has grown across the country, we’ve recognized a need for a consistent clinical model across all of our sites that we can continuously build on, modify, and improve. This consistency will strengthen our processes, allow us to ensure clients receive the right level of care when they walk through the door, and improve our outcomes data – all supporting the mission of helping people get well.
What will change?
The primary differences are:
- Greater emphasis on specialty care – The Emily Program provides a relatively scarce specialized resource: high-quality, evidence-based eating disorder treatment across multiple levels of care. Focusing on providing this kind of intensive eating disorder treatment allows us to maximize efforts to help more people achieve their recovery goals. While this commitment to intensive treatment is our bedrock, we will continue to provide outpatient services focused on eating disorder recovery.
- Standardized measurement of progress – We are implementing systematized, recurring clinical measurements to track client progress and ensure that the most effective care is provided to clients at each stage of treatment. These clinical measurement tools, in addition to discussion and clinical judgment, will help shape treatment plans and goals. This kind of process helps us serve clients and families better.
We are working hard to ensure a smooth transition as we implement this model across sites starting on January 2nd, 2018. We believe this new model will help us serve people with eating disorders, reduce suffering, and save lives. Working together, we can realize our vision of a world of peaceful relationships with food, weight and body image, where everyone with an eating disorder can experience recovery.