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There’s Help. There’s Hope! The Emily Program is a warm and welcoming place where individuals and their families can find comprehensive treatment for eating disorders and related issues. This blog is a place for us to share the latest happenings at The Emily Program, as well as helpful tidbits from the broader eating disorder community. Subscribe via RSS to receive automatic updates. We want to hear your story. Email us ( and ask how you can become a contributor!

September 10, 2018


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Outpatient Care Supports Recovery

Our outpatient program helps you gain insight and develop recovery skills. Some people enter the outpatient program when they first come to The Emily Program, while others need residential or partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient treatment first and then step down into outpatient. In addition to the recovery work you’ll be doing, you can continue or re-establish everyday activities like work or school. Outpatient care is available at each of our convenient locations in Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Washington or within a secure virtual environment.

September 10, 2018

Day Treatment

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Day Treatment

Our intensive day treatment programs provide structured eating disorder care throughout the day, allowing clients to receive the support they need while still being able to participate in their everyday lives.

Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP)

This all-day treatment program is for clients stepping up or down from a different level of care, as well as individuals entering treatment who need more than non-intensive outpatient services to build healthy living skills.

Clients typically spend a minimum of 30 hours a week in a PHP/IDP program, either in our facilities or in a virtual telehealth environment. Comfortable, convenient lodging is available in most locations for adult clients coming from a distance.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

This intensive treatment program is for clients transitioning from a higher or lower level of care, as well as individuals just beginning their care journey. Clients typically spend a minimum of 12 hours per week in an IOP program, either in our facilities or in a virtual telehealth environment.

September 10, 2018


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24/7 Residential Care

Our residential treatment facilities are places of hope and healing. Here, clients with eating disorders focus on recovery in a safe, supportive, and homelike environment with around-the-clock supervision and care. Learn if 24/7 supervised care is right for you or your loved one.

Eating disorder recovery is possible

Recovery in a homelike environment that’s quiet and safe is a more comfortable option for clients who require intensive and supervised care.

Our passionate, experienced care teams of physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, dietitians, and other healthcare and education professionals work together to develop a personalized treatment plan for each client in our residential programs. Multidisciplinary evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Maudsley Approach to Family-Based Treatment and integrative interventions, such as expressive arts and movement therapy, address the full range of eating disorders and related health issues. Individual and group therapy, as well as family therapy and nutrition education, reinforce the recovery process each day.

The residential recovery experience helps clients and their families recognize and change destructive eating disorder behaviors and replace them with positive, lasting coping mechanisms that support a whole, joyful life.

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The Emily Program is a founding member of the REDC, a consortium focused on improving eating disorder treatment standards, partnering on collaborative research, and increasing access to eating disorder care for those who are struggling.

Residential Frequently Asked Questions

Where are residential services offered?

Currently, there are two residential facilities in St. Paul, Minnesota: Anna Westin House for Adults and Anna Westin House – Adolescent for ages 10-21; a facility in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Anna Westin House West for Young Adults and Adolescents for adults; a facility for adults in Cleveland Heights, Ohioa facility for adolescents ages 10-17 in Columbus, Ohio; and a facility for adults in Seattle, Washington.

Do The Emily Program – Residential facilities help males?

Yes, we serve adolescents and adults of all genders, including males, females, and transgender individuals who struggle with eating disorders. We admit new residents after we take into consideration the current population.

How long do people stay at The Emily Program – Residential?

We tailor the length of stay to meet the unique needs of each resident. Some residents stay less than a month and others stay several months.

Can I be a vegetarian/vegan at The Emily Program – Residential?

Our culinary staff and dietitians can work with a variety of dietary needs. They will work with you and your family to meet your specific needs. 

We believe those who enter care with a vegetarian/vegan diet based on religious, cultural, or familial heritage have this dietary preference taken at face value and are provided an eating plan accommodating vegetarian or vegan eating styles. Those who come to our care having made a shift away from their family table or cultural origin toward vegetarianism or vegan diets, are met where they are and the choice of a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle is explored as a therapeutic area of interest within the eating disorder care.

Can I have visitors while I am at The Emily Program – Residential?

Residential clients may have up to 2 visitors (parent/legal guardian, partner, sibling, etc.) visit at any given time. Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 when scheduling the visitation. Visitors will be required to wear a medical/flat masks while in public common areas. If both the visitor(s) and client are vaccinated, medical/flat masks are not required during family sessions, visiting hours, or while preparing, plating, or consuming meals and snacks. If the visitor(s) and/or the client is unvaccinated, medical/flat mask are required to be worn for the full duration of the visit, and the visitor and client must remain physically distanced. We are supporting virtual visits to continue to support clients and families through these exceptional times.

How much does The Emily Program – Residential cost?

Cost depends on how long you stay. Our staff will gladly help you determine and maximize your insurance benefits. If you need to pay out of pocket, we are also happy to set up a payment plan.

Who is Anna Westin?

Anna Selina Westin was born in 1978 and lived in Chaska, Minnesota most of her life. She died in 2000 after struggling for five years with anorexia, a deadly disease that affects millions of Americans.

A graduate of Chaska High School, she was a student at the University of Oregon who loved life. Her many interests and talents included music, photography, hiking, backpacking, reading, writing, fishing, traveling, volunteering, and best of all, spending time with family and friends. She made and sent beautifully decorated cards and letters to family and friends throughout her life.

She was thoughtful, compassionate, generous with her time, and had a talent for making everyone feel special and important.

Anna’s family is very proud of her accomplishments, including her hard work to overcome anorexia. Anna suffered from a serious, often fatal, illness that needs to be treated with the same urgency as other life-threatening diseases. The duration of the illness, high cost of treatment, and lack of knowledge about eating disorders cause immense suffering. Click here to watch a short video about Anna Westin.

To help other families, Anna’s family speaks openly about her life and death, and opened the Anna Westin House in 2002. They continue to advocate for those struggling with eating disorders through advocacy and education with WithAll. 

What do you mean by “integrative” interventions?

We offer therapies that complement traditional medical approaches and are effective with eating disorders. For example, we may use meditation, yoga, or expressive arts.

What do I have to bring to The Emily Program – Residential?

Bring comfortable clothing, typical toiletries, and some personal items to help you feel secure away from home (e.g., a few photos or other personal decorative items). See the packing list for suggested and prohibited items.

Will I have passes or time away from the program?

From day one, we develop a strong transition plan to optimize your recovery. We regularly have group outings—and you also have some individual free time to spend with friends and family. Both can help you develop the independent living skills essential to recovery.

Can I have my cell phone with me at The Emily Program – Residential?

Adult residents and young adults ages 18+ may have a cell phone and use it during non-programming times.

Residents under 18 years of age will not have access to their cell phones.

Our facilities have a residents’ phone line where families and friends can leave messages and where you can make local calls or use a long-distance calling card.

Will I have access to the Internet while at The Emily Program – Residential?

We have a residents’ PC for Internet, email, and general computing. Many residents bring a small USB storage device for documents or other files they create here.

Can I have a car at The Emily Program – Residential?

Yes, you can have a vehicle while staying at our residential facility. Please note that in St. Paul, we have limited spaces in our parking lot and must require all residents to park their cars at our Como Ave. location. We do have a car protocol that must be followed by residents who choose to have a vehicle with them while in residential care.

Are there laundry facilities at The Emily Program – Residential?

Yes, and there is no additional cost.

Do I need spending money?

Residents typically bring some spending money for toiletries, reading materials, craft materials, etc.

What to bring for your residential stay

The Emily Program is a national leader in eating disorder treatment for people of all ages and genders. Our 24/7 residential facilities provide personalized treatment in a safe, supportive, and homelike environment with around-the-clock supervision.

In order to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all residents, we request that clients limit the personal belongings brought at admission to the items listed below. Staff will search all belongings upon admission and items not adhering to these guidelines will be sent home or stored. If you have specific questions regarding this list, please contact us at 1-888-364-5977.

Packing List for Adults and Adolescents – Download PDF

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Care We Offer

A full continuum of care

The Emily Program provides multidisciplinary, integrative treatment for people of all ages and genders who struggle with food issues, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED), Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorders (ARFID), and related mental health and body image issues. Our care teams have decades of experience managing the complexities of eating disorders and the health conditions that often occur alongside them.

Because each person’s journey to recovery is as unique as they are, we adapt our programs to fit the individual needs of every client. With a full continuum of care that ranges from residential treatment to outpatient services, we meet our clients wherever they are and ensure they receive the personalized support needed for lasting recovery.

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Residential Treatment

Clients receive full-time, 24/7 inpatient support with residential care. Our quiet, safe, and comfortable settings provide the opportunity for clients to engage in therapy while practicing healthy daily living.

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Day Treatment

Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP) – This all-day treatment program is for clients stepping up or down from a different level of care, as well as individuals beginning treatment who need more than non-intensive outpatient services to build healthy living skills. Clients typically spend a minimum of 30 hours per week in a PHP/IDP program.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)This intensive treatment program is for clients transitioning from a higher or lower level of care, as well as individuals just beginning their care journey. Clients typically spend a minimum of 12 hours per week in an IOP program.

Lodging for Day Treatment Clients – For the convenience of adults (18+) who participate in our day programs but live far from our treatment facilities, we offer lodging options in most areas.

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Outpatient Treatment

The outpatient program is for clients stepping down from higher levels of care or those starting off with non-intensive treatment. Individually tailored treatment plans, including group therapy and individual therapy sessions, focus on nutrition education and recovery skills development.

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Virtual Treatment

Virtual treatment is offered within a secure video environment, allowing clients to receive care in the setting that’s best for them. Like our traditional day and outpatient programs, virtual PHP/IDP and IOP provide structure and support through individual and group sessions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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