Admissions Process for Clients with Anorexia NervosaFirst and foremost Castlewood’s professional intake and admission team is here to help clients with anorexia navigate the admissions process. We understand that the insurance and admissions process can be confusing, and we provide optimum support and coordination. Making the decision to begin treatment can be stressful for both the client with anorexia and their loved ones. Contacting us is the first step to recovery. Compassionate guidance and experienced professionals help clients and families navigate the rest of the admission and recovery process.
Referrals, Insurance & Intake Requirements for Clients with AnorexiaClients with anorexia can be self-referred or have a professional referral from their home eating disorder team or primary care provider. Once the first contact is made by the referral source or client, a clinical intake assessment, review of insurance benefits and resources, and pre-admission medical clearance must be completed. Based on this information, the admission process moves forward into one of our various levels of care, or the client may be provided with information on alternate treatment options.
Alternate treatment options are recommended for these reasons:
- Clients with anorexia may be so medically compromised that an inpatient hospital stay is safer and more necessary prior to beginning treatment at Castlewood. In this case, our intake specialists will maintain contact with the client and inpatient medical team, so that admission and transition into Castlewood’s residential anorexia treatment center is seamless once the client is discharged from the hospital.
- While Castlewood offers intensive outpatient programs, outpatient services closer to home may be more appropriate for clients with a strong home support and eating disorder team, and with a short duration and severity of the anorexia symptoms.
- Insurance coverage and private resources may not make Castlewood a viable option for anorexia treatment. This is a rare case, in that we work diligently with clients and families to find the coverage and resources that they need to receive Castlewood’s expert anorexia continuum of care. If finances do not allow a client with anorexia to be admitted into Castlewood, our intake staff will help locate safe alternative sources of care.
What Clients with Anorexia Should Ask when Considering Admission to Any Eating Disorder Treatment Center
- Is a continuum of care offered, so that clients are guided from professional care into a fully autonomous state of heath?
- Are both individual and group therapy integrated into care?
- Do families receive only group sessions, or is family therapy offered on an individualized basis?
- Are co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety, addressed along with the eating disorder?
- Does the treatment center stay in touch in the aftercare period?
- Are treatment options for anorexia evidence-based?
- What other adjunctive treatments are offered, beyond behavioral therapy for anorexia?
- Does the treatment facility specialize in eating disorders, or are other types of clients cared for in the same program?
- How long has the facility kept staff members? Is there a high turnover among staff?
- Is the facility environment homelike or more like a clinic?
- How many years have the therapists been working in the field of anorexia?