The Project Heal
We had seen firsthand the horrible effects of insufficient insurance coverage for eating disorder treatment, which can run upwards of $30,000 a month. We saw many eating disorder sufferers who were not able to get the treatment they desperately needed, or if they were lucky enough to get help, kicked out because they were “medically stable” just when they were beginning to scrape surface on the real issues. We were lucky because our insurance did cover most of our treatment, and our parents could thankfully afford to pay what it didn’t, but we knew many people who were not as fortunate. We also knew that, although eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, people can be fully cured if they get the proper help.
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Eating Disorder Resource Center
Based in Los Gatos, California, Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC) is a non-profit organization that links resources, information and support for eating disorders in Silicon Valley. The mission of EDRC is to increase awareness and understanding of eating disorders for the general public and for health professionals; to promote early diagnosis, effective treatment, and recovery; and to advocate for mental health parity legislation and effective insurance coverage.