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Assistance with Medical Insurance Coverage and Payment:

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We Connect: A national program that helps connect needy families to services:

Rx Assist: Directory of medication assistance programs.



Sources For Free Treatment/ Support:

Kristen Haglund Foundation: Offers grants to individuals in financial need for treatment of eating disorders.

LisasLightOfHope: Scholarship Fund: A Western Massachusetts family is working to raise money to help treat patients with eating disorders. Lisa’s Light of Hope Fund was created in memory of Lisa Marie Calabrese, who died at the age of 21, after battling with anorexia and bulimia for years. Her parents started the fund because of the lack of treatment options locally, that may have helped Lisa survive. The Calabrese family has partnered with Baystate Medical Center. To learn more about Lisa’s Light of Hope fund, you can visit

Manna Scholarship Fund: Another Foundation offering scholarship funds for eating disorder treatment.

MentorConnect: The first Global EDs mentoring community where those who are solid in their healing mentor those who are still in the healing process.

Mercy Ministries of America, Nashville:  Free Christian-Based Treatment: For over 25 years, Mercy Ministries of America has provided hope and healing to generations of desperate young women who are seeking freedom from life-controlling problems such as eating disorders. Their free-of-charge biblically-based program serves a diverse population of young women from various socio-economic backgrounds, aged 13-28. Many of the girls, who come to Mercy for help, are facing a combination of debilitating circumstances and have been in various treatment facilities with unsuccessful long-term results. They are committed to providing the young women they serve with the most excellent program services that allow them to recognize their self-worth and prepare them to reach their full potential. You may find that they believe that indulging in eating disorder behavior is a sin and can only be cured by coming closer to God.  Their non-conventional approach to healing allows young women to permanently stop destructive cycles and prepares them to take hope out into their communities. 

Moonshadow's Spirit: Offers financial assistance to individuals who are seeking inpatient or partial hospitalization eating disorder programs.

Project HEAL: A non-profit created by three young women intended to offer support for those who want to heal from their eating disorders. Scholarship applications for treatment are available--they are partners with!

The Gail R. Schoenbach Foundation for Recovery and Elimination of Eating Disorders

The Jennifer Mathiason Fund



Loans For Treatment:

( does not endorse any loan program, we are providing the information so that you can do your own research)

My Treatment Lender is the only recovery-based lending company in the country. We provide loans to people who are in need of behavioral health, substance abuse and/or eating disorder treatment. We can help clients cover the cost of co-pays, high deductibles, or their entire stay at your facility. Also, when your clients are deemed “medically stable” and are asked to leave or step down, we can help them cover the cost of the rest of their stay so they won’t skip a beat in their recovery process. We offer the lowest rates in the industry and will beat any competitors rate! We make it as easy as possible for your clients. They answer a few simple questions and are approved instantly. The money is wired into their account within 24 hours and sometimes, that very same day. For more information, please contact Adlai Rust at 1-800-440-4616.



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Research Programs:

Below is a list of programs offering treatment for involvement in their studies (sometimes the cost of treatment is covered):

Search by Region: California, Maryland, New YorkNorth Carolina, Washington, Online

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Palo Alto, CA: Receive Free medication for Binge Eating and Bulimia at Stanford (Palo Alto). Stanford University Research Study offers: Free medication for Binge Eating & Bulimia with an FDA-Approved drug for weight loss. Eligible participants (men and women over age 18) will receive up to 6 months of free FDA-approved medication. Please call 650-723-2242 or email for more information regarding eligibility.

San Diego, CA: Research: In conjunction with Dr. Walter Kaye and his research team, Dr. Amanda Bischoff-Grethe is seeking female participants between 12 and 18 years of age who have a recent (within the last six months) diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa. Qualified participants will be asked to answer questions regarding their personality and cognitive abilities and will also undergo a 1.5 hour brain imaging study. By participating in this research study you may assist physicians and researchers in developing treatments for these complex and serious disorders. You may be compensated up to $175 dollars plus mileage. For more information, contact the UCSD Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program at or call the Research Coordinator, Zoë Irvine at 858-246-0699.


San Diego, CA: Research: Women who have recovered from Anorexia and/or Bulimia Nervosa. UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program is conducting a research a neuroimaging research study on those who have recovered from Anorexia and/or Bulimia Nervosa. This research study will help us examine the neurobiology of Eating Disorders. Women who may qualify are: between ages 18-45; with normal height and weight; no serious medical problems; no current Medications (birth control ok). If you have any questions or would like more information call 858-534-8062 or email



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Baltimore, MD: Anorexia Research Study. Johns Hopkins researchers are conducting a placebo-controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of a research medication in the treatment of adults with anorexia nervosa. Participants will be offered 16 weeks of medication (active or inactive) and weekly outpatient medical monitoring by a psychiatrist. The treatment will be provided at no cost. To participate, you must 1) have anorexia nervosa, 2) be 18-70 years old 3) be medically stable for outpatient treatment 4) complete assessments (interviews, questionnaires, and medical evaluations) at intervals throughout the 16-week study and at 1- and 2-month follow-ups. All information gathered will remain confidential. For more information call The Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program at (410)-955-3863 or email at  



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Columbia Center for Eating Disorders research in exchange for the cost of treatment:


Research Pilot Examining the Effectiveness of a New Innovative Multifamily Therapy Group for Young Adults with Anorexia Nervosa: Researchers at the University of Rochester School of Nursing are conducting a pilot study on a new type of Multifamily Therapy Group, “Reconnecting for Recovery,” for young adults with Anorexia Nervosa. Eligible individuals and up to four of their adult family of origin or “family of choice” (e.g., partner, close friend, mentor) will receive 16 sessions of Multifamily Therapy Group at no cost over a 26 week period of time. If you are between the ages of 18-40 and have Anorexia Nervosa or an associated eating disorder marked by food restriction and weight loss, and have at least one family member willing to attend MFTG with you, you may be eligible. More information is available at Please contact the research coordinator, Judy Brasch, at 585-275-6629 if you are interested in this study. 


Dr. Evelyn Attia at Columbia and Weill Cornell Medical Centers, along with colleagues at Johns Hopkins, University of Pittsburgh and University of Toronto, are currently conducting a study looking at whether the antipsychotic medication olanzapine may help individuals with anorexia nervosa feel better, as well as restore them to a normal weight. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either olanzapine or placebo for 16 weeks, during which time participants will come in to the clinic weekly to meet with a psychiatrist. They will then be followed for another 8 weeks. Eligibility criteria are very specific, and include, but are not limited to, women and men who are underweight and at least 18 years of age. Please contact the eating disorders program at New York State Psychiatric Institute at 212-543-5739, or e-mail us at, to learn more. We would be happy to discuss other research as well, as we have many ongoing studies.


The Columbia and Weill Cornell Center for Eating Disorders has initiated a new study and recruiting adults 18 years of age and up with anorexia nervosa and a self reported exercise history to receive an adapted form of CBT for anorexia nervosa. Participants will receive 34 therapy sessions over an 8-10month period. They will be randomly assigned to one of two types of CBT. This is part of an international multi-site clinical trial and participants in the New York area will be seen at New York-Presbyterian Westchester campus. Please contact the eating disorders program at New York State Psychiatric Institute at 212-543-5739, or e-mail us at, to learn more. We would be happy to discuss other research as well, as we have many ongoing studies.


Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center are conducting an NIMH-funded study aimed at understanding brain development in adolescents with Bulimia Nervosa. They are looking for girls, 12-18 years old, who binge-eat and purge. Participation involves completing interviews, games and puzzles, and an MRI scan. Compensation (up to $400) or treatment, free of charge, will be provided for participation. The study takes place at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive in Manhattan. For more information, call the Eating Disorders Clinic at 212-543-5739 or 212-543-6072 or email



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Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative: The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) is the largest and most rigorous genetic investigation of eating disorders ever conducted. The goal of the research study is to transform our knowledge about the causes of eating disorders to work toward greater understanding and ultimately a cure. If you have suffered from anorexia nervosa at any point in your life, you can help us achieve this goal. Your contribution would include a brief 30-minute interview and a blood sample. If you have never had anorexia nervosa, but still want to contribute, we invite your participation as well. For more information call 919-966-3065 or visit


Treatment in NC at No Cost: Eating disorder treatment is often expensive, costing thousands of dollars. Because this is a therapy research study, they are able to offer this study-related leading-edge treatment to you at no cost. Participation will include about six months of comprehensive study-related treatment, including visits with therapists, a psychiatrist, and a dietitian. Couples will be randomly assigned to receive one of two forms of treatment. Requirements: You or your partner has anorexia nervosa; You and your partner have been together for at least 6 months; You are both at least 18 years old; You are both interested in participating in the study. For more information, please call the study coordinator at 919-843-2483 or email



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Binge Eating Disorder Study in Seattle, WA : 



Online: (scan down)

Study Title: A study of the referral process in the treatment of eating disorder or disordered eating patients: When do mental health professionals refer to a registered dietitian? You have been selected to participate in a research study being conducted by Maggie Stroud, Kathleen Davis, PhD, RD, LD of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Mandy Golman PhD, MCHES, of Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD. The purpose is to gather information regarding when and under what circumstances mental health professionals (MHPs) refer their patients with eating disorders or disordered eating to a registered dietitian (RD). We also hope to gain insight into attitudes and beliefs of MHPs regarding the role of RDs in eating disorders/disordered eating treatment. Attached is a link to a one-time survey that will take approximately 20 minutes of your time to complete. No identifying information such as your name, email address or IP address will be collected. The results of this study will be used for scholarly purposes only. Deidentified survey responses will be analyzed to assess research objectives. Your completion of the survey would be greatly appreciated and beneficial to the field of eating disorder treatment. If you have any questions, you may contact Kathleen Davis, PhD, RD, LD of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center,, 6011 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75390. Survey:



Online Educational Tool for Parents/Caregivers of a Youth with an Eating Disorder. Do you think your child might have an Eating Disorder? Do you want to learn about eating disorders and how you can help your child? Purpose of the research: To understand if the online educational tool ( is helpful to parents/caregivers of a child who may have an eating disorder. Who can participate: Parents or caregivers of a youth (9-18 years old) who may have an eating disorder. Topics covered include: 1. What is an eating disorder? 2. Medical risks of eating disorders 3. Understanding eating disorders 4. Essential components of treating pediatric eating disorders 5. Supporting a child with an eating disorder: Practical advice from professionals 6. B.C. meal support video 7. Recommended resources Ethics: This research project has been approved by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Ethics Board. Contact: For more information visit, email us at, or call us at 613-737-7600 ext 3803.



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