For far too long, people who suffer from eating disorders have been unable to access the treatment they need for long-term recovery.
Durham, NC (PRWEB) July 22, 2015
In the interest of the recent bipartisan support of the Anna Westin Act of 2015, Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) visited Veritas Collaborative, a specialty hospital system for the treatment of eating disorders based in Durham. Following a tour of the state-of-the-art inpatient eating disorder hospital, Congressman Price hosted a town hall meeting for members of the Veritas staff to discuss their experiences in treating this underserved population.
Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) had this to say:
For far too long, people who suffer from eating disorders have been unable to access the treatment they need for long-term recovery. I am very pleased to see firsthand the effective treatment options offered at Veritas Collaborative. The federal government should be a strong partner in the effort to combat eating disorders, and I have cosponsored a bill that would improve treatment and coverage options for those who courageously seek help.
Designed to help the minimum estimated 14.5 million people suffering from eating disorders throughout the United States, the Anna Westin Act of 2015 proposes that those with eating disorders receive equal treatment as those with other health issues. The enactment of the new bill would improve care for eating disorders by providing training for physicians, health professionals, school personnel, and others meaningfully involved in the care of persons with eating disorders as well as improving treatment coverage. The Anna Westin Act of 2015 also clarifies the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity Act of 2008 and uses existing federal funds to provide the training.
The Anna Westin Act of 2015 is just one of several proposed legislations advocating for better access to care for those suffering from eating disorders. As a local treatment facility and active participant in the fight for equal treatment, Veritas Collaborative strives to provide evidence based, best-practice care. Additionally, as a member of the Eating Disorder Coalition and Residential Eating Disorders Consortium, Veritas is actively advocating for an improved standard of care across all treatment mediums. Meeting with Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) is one step of many in not only supporting the Anna Westin Act of 2015, but also improving the overall quality of care for those with eating disorders.
Veritas Collaborative - in Durham, NC - is a specialty hospital system for the treatment of eating disorders. Offering Inpatient, Acute Residential, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient levels of care for its Child & Adolescent Program (ages 10-19) and Intensive Outpatient care for its Adult Program (ages 18+), Veritas envisions a world where persons with eating disorders and their families have access to best-practice care and hold hope for a cure. With a team of treatment professionals including psychiatrists, dietitians, therapists, nurses, pediatricians and skilled therapeutic assistants, Veritas Collaborative delivers individualized, evidence-based care, focusing on long-term recovery for patients and their families.