Center for Hope of the Sierras to Kick Off National Eating Disorders Awareness Week with Grand Opening of IOP & PHP Day Treatment Programs

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Special event to be held Wednesday, February 16th, from 3-6 p.m. in Reno, NV

Grand Opening Event on Feb. 16 kicks off National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

With the new programs, the Center for Hope will now be able to offer an effective treatment option for those who previously couldn’t access it.

The Center for Hope of the Sierras eating disorder treatment program will host a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting for its new Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial-Hospitalization Program (PHP), as well as kick-off National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. The new facilities, located at 3740 Lakeside Drive, Suite #201 in Reno, NV, were added to the Center for Hope of the Sierras’ existing treatment options to better meet the needs of local and regional communities. Media and the Reno community are invited to attend the celebration that will include tours of the facilities.

“We are excited to host this event to kick of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and open the doors of a new level of service for individuals struggling with eating disorders,” said the Center for Hope’s Executive Director, Brandon Keppner.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week runs February 20-26 and is intended to reduce the stigma surrounding eating disorders, provide accurate information about the disease, and raise awareness about treatment options. According to the national event website, “Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses - not choices - and it’s important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder.” Center for Hope will partner with the University of Nevada, Reno to host a variety of events throughout the week, and encourages community members to attend. Email info(at)centerforhopeofthesierras(dot)com for details.

The Center for Hope of the Sierras offers residential and (now) partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment for men and women, ages 14 and up, suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and related disorders. The Center for Hope also offers one of the country’s only specialized residential tracks for the complex treatment of co-occurring diabetes and eating disorders.

The new programs will incorporate many of the same components as the proven residential treatment program at the Center including a variety of individual and group therapy options, nutritional counseling with a registered dietitian, individualized treatment planning, meal support, and medication management. The PHP and IOP levels of care also incorporate a wide range of therapeutic community outings and real-world experiences based on each patient’s individualized hierarchy of goals.

The intensive outpatient program will require patients to participate in programs four hours per day, 3-5 days a week; both afternoon and evening sessions will be available. The partial hospitalization day treatment will consist of eight hours per day, 5-7 days per week. The new programs will be available to both adolescent and adult men and women at a more affordable rate than inpatient and residential care since the patient returns home at night. Housing can be provided if necessary however.

“Even with changes to healthcare and insurance coverage, residential treatment is often an excluded benefit and therefore out of reach for many individuals,” said Keppner. “With the new programs, the Center for Hope will now be able to offer an effective treatment option for those who previously couldn’t access it.”

For more information about the Center, visit http://www.centerforhopeofthesierras.com.

The Center for Hope of the Sierras is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. CRC offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families, and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, eating disorder, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. Since 1995, CRC programs have helped individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives. For more information, visit http://www.crchealth.com.

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