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    • What treatment programs do you offer at your facility?

      We offer intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization eating disorder treatment for adolescents and adults. The intensive outpatient program is 3-5 days per week, 3+ hours per day. The partial hospitalization program is 5 days per week, 7+ hours per day. Individuals enter our program from outpatient treatment or as a step-down after completing higher levels of care (i.e. residential or inpatient treatment).

    • How long is the program?

      This depends on if you are discharging from another program into our PHP or IOP programs or if this is your first time in treatment. The typical stay of someone in PHP is 2-6 weeks and IOP is generally 4-6 weeks.

    • Do you take men?

      Yes, our treatment program is co-ed for adolescent and adults. However, our housing is for women only. We work with our male gender identified patients to secure housing but we do not provide any as of now.

    • Do I have to attend 5 days each week?

      Not necessarily, we review this on a case by case basis. Usually in the beginning you start with more days per week and taper down. The amount of days per week will be determined by your treatment plan and your treatment needs.

    • How many clients total can be in the program?

      We generally do not accept more than 10 participants total at our facility in Sausalito. This includes both IOP and PHP.

    • What demographic do you serve?

      We treat adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders with or without co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. All individuals admitting into our treatment program have primary eating disorder diagnoses.

    • What’s the admission process?

      We start the admission process by gathering demographic, clinical and insurance information about you or your loved one. We can schedule an intake assessment in person or over the phone after obtaining the above information. Intake assessments are conducted Monday-Friday between 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Assuming you are appropriate for our level of care, we will schedule your admission. Admissions generally occur Monday through Thursday at 11:30 am. Prior to admission you will need to obtain medical clearance from your primary care doctor. With your consent, we will also contact any current treatment providers to obtain pertinent clinical information.

    • Do you have a BMI limit?

      No, we admit people based on their symptoms and overall appropriateness for our level of care. We do not, however, admit people who are not medically stable. We will require you to obtain medical clearance from your primary care doctor prior to admission to our program.

    • What types of Eating Disorders do you treat?

      Individuals admitting to our program struggle with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other specified feeding and eating disorders. Your appropriateness for our program is determined during the Intake Assessment.

    • What if I have an Eating Disorder and Chemical Dependency?

      All individuals admitting to our program have primary eating disorder diagnoses. Depending upon how long you have been sober and/or in treatment for chemical dependency issues you may be appropriate for our programs. You cannot be actively using while participating in treatment at Marin Eating Wellness Center. If your chemical dependency issues are primary, you may be referred to a CD treatment program. This is determined on a case by case basis.

    • What if you recommend a level of care I don’t want?

      We follow the American Psychiatric Association treatment guidelines when recommending a specific level of care. We try to take into account the specifics of your situation as much as possible to make the most accurate determination of the level of care that you require. We will try our best to explain our reasoning behind our decision to you.

    • What if I decide I don’t like the facility but I have admitted?

      You can leave treatment at any time. If you leave treatment before your discharge date and are not admitting into another facility, your discharge may be considered against medical advice (AMA). If we find you need a higher level of care, we will assist in your transfer to residential or inpatient treatment.

    • Do I have to get medically cleared before entering treatment?

      Yes, you have to be medically cleared within 10 days prior to admission. This means we need to receive our medical clearance form from your doctor no more than 10 days prior to your admission date. The only exception to this is for patients coming to us directly from residential or inpatient treatment. In this case, we will obtain medical records from your current treatment team. These will suffice for medical clearance.

    • What if I don’t have a doctor?

      We recommend that you call your insurance company and get a list of in-network providers. If you are having trouble finding a doctor or if they are not available, we can try to assist you in finding one.

    • Can I get a family member involuntarily admitted for Eating Disorder treatment?

      No. If you are seriously considering this, we recommend you speak with a lawyer. If your family member is an immediate danger to themselves or others, you should call your nearest Psychiatric Emergency Service and get their recommendations. The nearest psychiatric emergency room to Marin Eating Wellness Center is located in Greenbrae, CA. You can reach them 24/7 at 415.473.6666. If you or your loved one is experiencing an acute crisis call 911.

    • Does the facility have a detox program?

      No, treatment for detox/primary chemical dependency issues must be dealt with at a CD treatment facility. Our parent company, New Dawn Treatment Centers, offers CD treatment at all levels of care: detox, residential, PHP/IOP and outpatient treatment. You can reach an intake coordinator by calling 866.969.4300.

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