Thursday, July 31, 2008

An Invitation for Professionals

Event Sponsors
The Ranch, Sierra Tucson, Onsite, Caron, The Bridge to Recovery, Pine Grove, CPE, and Focus Healthcare of TN

An Invitation for Professionals
NASW NBCC NAADAC Approved 5 CEU Credits

The Use of Psychodrama in
Achieving Emotional Sobriety
with Tian Dayton, PhD, TEP

September 4, 2008

9:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

AT&T Building Auditorium
333 Commerce StreetNashville, TN 37201

Click Here for Directions(seating is limited, registration required)$50.00 (before 8/5/08) $75.00 (after 8/5/08)To view more details and register online please click HERE

Friday, July 11, 2008

Hope to see You at the National Eating Disorders Conference

Break the Silence: Tools for Help, Hope and Healing

September 18-20, 2008

Renaissance Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas

Find out more and register online at

Plan to attend the one national conference on eating disorders where families learn from each other and from the nation’s leading treatment experts.

This year’s conference promises to be an especially valuable one for families both new to eating disorders as well as those who have been battling eating disorders for quite some time, and for treatment providers. With more than 30 sessions to choose from, there is something for everyone. Program highlights include:

· Family basic sessions on the progression of eating disorder care, insurance issues, medical complications, sibling issues and more

· Prevention strategies for eating disorders and body image issues

· Sessions for treatment providers on treating co-morbid eating disorders and substance misuse, advances in treatment, and effective parent/teen group facilitation

· General sessions by leading eating disorder treatment experts, authors and speakers, and a panel discussion with Miss America Kirsten Haglund, actress Scarlett Pomers, tennis pro Zina Garrison and champion triathlete and former Marine Andrew Preston on the pressure to be thin in high risk professions. Supermodel, author and body image activist Emme will moderate the discussion.

· Unlimited networking opportunites

Register online before July 18 and receive an early bird discount. Log on to to view the full conference program and other conference information. See you in Austin!

New Dawn Eating Disorders Recovery Center is excited to announce the opening of our Residential Program in San Francisco in August, 2008.

New Dawn Eating Disorders Recovery Center is extremely excited to announce the opening of our Residential Program in San Francisco in August, 2008. Our 12-bed facility in lovely Pacific Heights will serve adult women, 18-years old and up, struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, and related psychiatric issues such as depression, anxiety, and post-trauma stress disorder. We are currently accepting new clients and would welcome your referrals. Please contact our Clinical Director, Dr. Erin Elfant-Rea, with any questions at (415) 331-1383 ext 303 or

New Dawn Eating Disorders Recovery Center also offers Day Treatment (8 hours/day, five days/week), Intensive Outpatient Program, and outpatient services. Please see our website for more information. We are currently accepting new clients and would welcome your referrals.

New Dawn Eating Disorders Recovery Center is pleased to announce the arrival of our new full-time Medical Director, Dr. Diana Amodia. She is the past co-lead physician at the Health and Healing Clinic, CPMC; the past medical director of the state’s California Office of Alcohol and Drug Programs as a consultant on co-occurring disorders; and one of the past medical directors of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, San Francisco. She has over twenty years of experience treating patients with complex medical conditions, including eating disorders. At New Dawn, she will be providing medical oversight to our residential clients and is available to see clients in our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). She is also accepting new referrals into her outpatient practice at New Dawn. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Amodia, please contact our office manager, Pat Keenan, at (415) 331-1383, ext 301.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Remuda Ranch seeking new midwest location

Hello from Remuda Ranch! For the past 18 years, Remuda has been providing highly effective, Christian based intensive inpatient programs for eating disorders. We have treated well over 8,000 women and girls at our Arizona and now Virginia facilities. Our patients have come from across the nation, but we realize that this can be a difficult journey for some patients who live in other states. Currently, we are actively searching for a facility to house our programs in the Midwest. If you are aware of any available properties in the Midwest states that might fit with our Remuda model of non-institutional settings, please contact me at

We truly appreciate your partnership with Remuda and hope to better serve your clients by offering an additional Remuda location. If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you!
Jena Savage
Chief Development Officer
Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating Disorders

National Call-in Day for Mental Health Parity Wednesday July 9th! Your help is urgently needed to help pass Mental Health Parity this session! (Copy f

National Call-in Day for Mental Health Parity Wednesday July 9th! Your help is urgently needed to help pass Mental Health Parity this session!

The US House of Representatives and the Senate negotiators have reached a final agreement on all the remaining mental health and addiction parity issues. However, approximately $4 billion over 10 years in offsets is needed to pay for the bill and must be found before parity can be brought to the floor in both chambers for final passage. Once an offset has been found, there is commitment from leadership in the House and the Senate to bring the bill up for a vote as quickly as possible.

Although House and Senate leaders have not decided yet where they will find almost $4 billion over 10 years to pay for the cost offsets required by Congressional rules, negotiations have successfully concluded on the key policy provisions. This compromise is the result of long negotiations and advocacy of organizations all across the country. The compromise includes many key provisions that were included in the House-passed bill, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act and would be an important step in ending insurance discrimination facing people with addiction and mental illness. Here are some key points in the compromise:

- The compromise requires parity in insurance coverage for addiction and mental health treatment for both in-network and out-of-network coverage. This does not mean that the bill requires that insurers cover addiction and mental services, only that if they do cover these services, there must be parity with medical/surgical benefits. This of course would be a very positive development both in requiring fairness in insurance coverage and taking a strong stand against discrimination toward people in recovery or still suffering from addiction and mental illness.

- The compromise requires plans to disclose their medical necessity criteria and reasons for any denials of coverage. This would be a major breakthrough, as many plans refuse to disclose medical necessity criteria or reasons for denial, especially when addiction treatment is sought.

- On the issue of protection of state laws, the compromise bill language is silent. The House bill explicitly protected state laws, and in earlier versions the Senate bill explicitly preempted state laws. Silence is a victory for those of us who agree with the House approach that state laws should be protected, since in most situations Congress must take explicit action to overrule a state law in order for state laws to be preempted. However, to make protection of state laws even more ironclad, we will be working to ensure that the legislative history of the bill makes clear that the sponsors’ intention is to protect all state laws. That way, as important as the passage of a federal parity law would be, stronger state laws would remain in effect and states would be free to enact additional stronger protections in the years to come.

Wednesday July 9th is National Call-in Day so please call your Member of Congress and Senators on July 9th and tell them that now that an agreement has been reached between the House and the Senate, Congress must find the money to fund this historic mental health and addiction parity legislation and pass parity now. Here is a link to our National Call-in Day Online Advocacy Action Center;

On the website you will see background information, a script for the call and a tool you can use to punch in your zip code and get your Member of Congress and Senator’ names and phone numbers.

Thank you for supporting Mental Health Parity and for taking a few minutes to make these important calls. With your help we can get this done!

Kitty Westin


Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action

David Jaffe

Executive Director

Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action

(202) 543-9570

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Texas Freedom House presents: Jenni Schaefer in Kerrville (please note Jenni will be in Kerrville!)

Texas Freedom House presents: Jenni Schaefer - singer, songwriter, speaker, author of Life Without Ed

When: Mon. July 7th at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Texas Freedom House, 108 West Creek Rd, Kerrville, Texas

Call: 830-377-6537

Jenni Schaefersinger, songwriter, speaker, author of Life Without Ed:

"I have never been married, but I am happily divorced. Ed and I lived together for more than twenty years. He was abusive, controlling and never hesitated to tell me what he thought, how I was doing it wrong, and what I should be doing instead... Ed is not a high school sweetheart. Ed is not some creep that I started dating in college... Ed's name comes from the initials E.D. —— as in eating disorder.Ed is my eating disorder."——From the Introduction of Life Without EDThe Freedom House is a transitional living home where women in recovery have the opportunity to move back into their daily lives in a healthy, productive way. Women put the tools they learned in treatment into practice. They transition back into the real world with confidence and a passion for life.

Oliver-Pyatt Center Opens in South Miami

Oliver-Pyatt Center Opens in South Miami

The Oliver-Pyatt Center welcomed patients into its multi-disciplinary, comprehensive program the week of June 30. Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt: “This facility is one I’m very proud of—a comprehensive center that both clients and professionals can trust to provide top-quality treatment while preserving the dignity of the individual”.

The Oliver-Pyatt Center is grounded in sound medical and therapeutic protocols, with a staff-to-client ratio among the highest found in any program. They have a deep commitment to individualized care, and a high frequency of individual therapy sessions. The bilingual, multidisciplinary treatment professionals are experts in the treatment of eating disorders and their co-occurring conditions.

Located in a beautiful residential neighborhood near South Miami Hospital, and walking distance from nearby parks and shops, the program is based in a tranquil and spacious setting. The Center will balance the peace and quiet of a restful sanctuary with the vibrancy of a city setting. This locale will allow clients to re-integrate into real life through daily, guided outings into the community once they have reached an appropriate stage in the recovery process.

The Oliver-Pyatt Centers believe that full recovery from eating disorders is possible when the individual is provided with effective treatment. For more information, visit, or call 866-511-HEAL.