Residential Care Expanding for Adolescents and Young Adults

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The Emily Program is excited to announce that we are expanding our Anna Westin House for Adolescents and Young Adults in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The expansion will increase the licensed 10-bed residential facility to a 16-bed facility. The necessary construction will take place throughout August and early September and will not affect current programming. The expansion is expected to be completed by mid-September.

Anna Westin House for Adolescents and Young Adults (AWHAYA) is a residential program committed to providing treatment to exclusively adolescent and young adult clients, ages 10 to 21, with eating disorders. The 24/7/365 Anna Westin care team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, physicians, nurses, dietitians, eating disorder technicians, licensed teachers and recreational therapists. Nurses are on duty 24 hours a day and technicians and therapists are always available to support and manage resident care. School is provided onsite so students don’t fall behind if they choose to pursue treatment during the school year.

Anna Westin House for Adolescents and Young Adults Expansion

The decision to expand AWHAYA was made because we saw an undeniable need—there were more adolescents and young adults seeking care than we had beds for. With this in mind, we chose to take action by expanding our facility to 16 beds. We know that eating disorders are severe illnesses and early intervention is crucial, which is why we will soon be providing care to more individuals who are struggling. We want a shorter wait time for treatment and more available resources for those who need inpatient care.

The Emily Program Approach

Our professional team works to integrate supervised care and medical monitoring with personalized eating disorder treatment plans. Adolescents and young adults at the AWHAYA participate in individual, group and family therapy in order to address the underlying issues behind the eating disorder. We recognize many individuals have co-occurring issues along with their eating disorder, including chemical dependency, abuse history and other mental health illnesses, and we work diligently to address all issues in order to promote a full recovery.

What Clients Can Expect

Daily activities at AWHAYA include therapy, therapeutic meals, school, art/recreational therapy, and other forms of treatment. The Emily Program values education, which is why our clients are able to participate in school while in residential treatment. It is crucial that parents don’t wait to start their children in treatment until the school year is over. By starting sooner, individuals are able to heal, allowing them to have a successful school year.

We staff licensed teachers from Saint Paul Public Schools to ensure each young adult receives education and does not fall behind in school. This option of residential treatment with school allows individuals to start treatment during the school year, while staying caught up in school and also addressing a severe illness. We believe it is essential to get adolescents and young adults treatment as quickly as possible, which is why we provide school year options. We believe that school should not interfere with treatment and treatment should not interfere with school. This is why we offer both options at AWHAYA, so individuals can experience lifelong healing and success.

The Admissions Process

If you are interested in pursuing residential treatment at the AWHAYA, we ask that you take a moment to call 1-888-364-5977 or complete our online form on the right side of this page today. After reaching out, one of our Admissions Specialists will be able to take down your information and answer any questions you may have. Our staff will schedule an assessment for the individual along with an initial intake. From there, you will meet with a therapist and treatment options going forward will be recommended and discussed. To learn more about our admissions process, visit our website.

Recovery is Possible

With professional treatment and lots of strength, recovery from an eating disorder is not only possible, it’s probable. If you are ready to take the first step to recovery, we want to be on your team. Reach out to us at 1-888-364-5977 or get help online for personalized eating disorder treatment and support.

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