NEW YORK (PRWEB) October 23, 2020
REDC, which was originally formed as a professional association of residential eating disorder treatment providers, has opened its membership to all higher levels of care, including partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP).
Since its founding in 2011, REDC has established itself as an authority in the eating disorders field, taking action in the critical areas of standards, accreditation, ethics, collaborative research, and policy. Its work has secured improved inclusion of treatment for eating disorders in legislation, insurance coverage, and accreditation, as well as paved the way to improved standards and ethics for eating disorder programs across the field.
“We are pleased to be able to offer the benefits of REDC membership to PHP and IOP providers so we can work toward continued progress,” said Jillian Lampert, president of REDC. “We currently represent about 85% of beds for people in residential eating disorder treatment and the majority of PHP care in the U.S., so we are well-poised to offer membership to providers of all higher levels of care.”
The organization has adopted a name change to clarify that it is a consortium representing eating disorder treatment across a wider spectrum of care than just residential. REDC, established as the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium, will remain REDC in parlance, yet with this wider scope, the name has changed to REDC Consortium, reflecting its identity as “a consortium representing eating disorders care”. The website has changed to http://www.redcconsortium.org.
The membership shift, which was solidified after a unanimous vote by the board, also received strong support from Center Road Solutions, REDC’s policy team in Washington, DC. “This expansion of membership and name change will have beneficial impacts on our policy work and will provide robust support for the people we serve who are in need of eating disorder treatment,” said Katrina Velasquez, Managing Principal at Center Road Solutions. “It will be clear that we are a unified consortium representing a spectrum of eating disorder care.”
The REDC Consortium views the expansion as the beginning of a new era. “We feel energized to continue and expand on the important work of this organization,” said Lampert. “And we still have much more to do—continual refinement of standards, ethics, and criteria for centers of excellence, conduct of more collaborative research, leading the way with ethics work, and ongoing partnership with the Eating Disorders Coalition in the policy realm, to ensure quality, accessible care for people with eating disorders.”
For more information on the REDC Consortium, visit redcconsortium.org.