Finding the right treatment center can be difficult. Here, I’ve compiled a map of well-known, respected treatment centers specializing in all kinds of eating disorders. Please note that new locations and facilities are opening all the time, so this list may not be the most updated; however, I hope that it can be a good starting resources for those who are seeking help. Click on each map pin for more information about levels of care or specialties. See below for more information about levels of care.

What are levels of care?

You will see that I have listed the levels of care offered at each of these locations. From highest acuity (most severe) to least:

  • Inpatient (IP) - typically housed within a traditional hospital setting. The patient will be monitored for medical stability by a team of doctors, nurses, and other medical staff, in addition to therapeutic staff such as therapists and dietitians. Length of stay is typically very short and is used for stabilization and to find a good transitional facility for the patient.

  • Residential - live-in facility. Patients are monitored nearly 24/7 by a team of clinical care staff, including a psychiatrist, nurse, dietitians, therapists, and milieu counselors/mental health technicians. Usually these are closed facilities, with patients unable to leave unless they have prior approval. Treatment consists of supervised meals, 1:1 therapy, family therapy, group therapy, expressive/alternative therapies, and community-building with peers. Length of stay is typically 60-90 days, although insurance and progress will affect this. A major goal of residential treatment is weight restoration or stabilization.

  • Day Treatment (Day) - not a common distinction in all states. Day treatment programs tend to be halfway between residential and PHP programs; typically 5-7 days a week, for 10-12 hours each day. Patients attend programming at the facility but are able to return home to sleep and/or be with family. Treatment will continue the work done at residential, with a similar team of clinical professionals. In most cases, patients will move from residential to PHP without day treatment.

  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) - typically 5-7 days a week, for 6-8 hours per day. Patients attend programming at the facility but are able to return home for at least one meal, and to sleep and/or be with family. Treatment will continue the work done at residential or day treatment, with a similar team of clinical professionals. Typical length of stay is 6-8 weeks, although extremes at either end are possible.

  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) - typically 3-5 days a week for 3-5 hours per day. Usually in the early morning or evening to allow patients to attend school or work during the day. Treatment usually involves 1 supervised meal and group therapy. At this stage, patients are usually seeing outside therapists in addition to their IOP therapists, with the goal of transitioning fully back into their daily lives.

  • Transitional Living - patients live in affiliated apartments or houses (similar to sober houses for addictions treatment) while continuing to attend outpatient services. Not a necessity for all patients, but helpful for those who may not have an established support system outside of treatment.

  • Supported Outpatient Program (SOP) or Aftercare - typically 1-2 days a week for 1-2 hours each. These are akin to support groups, allowing patients time to check in with a recovery-focused community. Not as common (most folks move from IOP straight to outpatient care), but can be a great way to ease the transition.

What happens after that?

After IOP and aftercare, most patients continue to attend weekly therapy sessions with an outpatient (OP) therapist and dietitian. I have not included these on this list, as there are many of these individuals with their own private practices. You can search on Psychology Today in your city to find outpatient professionals who specialize in eating disorders.