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Alternative Payment Ideas: Research Programs, Studies Offering Treatment, Loans and Other Resources

Learn about creative ways to help pay for eating disorder treatment...

Assistance with Medical Insurance Coverage and Payment:

We Connect: A national program that helps connect needy families to services: www.weconnect.net

 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 www.lisaslightofhope.com.

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 EDReferral.com!
 The Gail R. Schoenbach Foundation for Recovery and Elimination of Eating Disorders
 The Jennifer Mathiason Fund  


Loans For Treatment:

 (EDReferral.com 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.


Prosper Healthcare Lending:  http://www.prosperhealthcare.com/


Research Programs:

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

Search the entire page for research options....  

California (scan down)

San Diego, CA: The research team at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center is recruiting for studies using a technology called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We are recruiting right-handed women between 18-35 years old who 1) currently struggle with bulimia nervosa, or 2) have recovered from an eating disorder. Eligible participants will be compensated up to $225 for taking part, and travel costs to study visits may be reimbursed (depending on your location). If you or someone you know are interested in participating in these research studies, please email at  edresearch@ucsd.edu or visit our website  http://eatingdisorders.ucsd.edu/research/our-research.html to learn more!   

New York, NY (scan down)

Columbia Center for Eating Disorders - Treatment is provided at no cost for those interested in and eligible for research:  http://columbiaeatingdisorders.org/. The following studies frequently change so please call for more information 646-774-8066 or email edru@nyspi.columbia.edu .     

Pennsylvania (scan down)

Philadelphia, PA: Do you think you have disordered eating? Researchers in Drexel University’s Psychology Department are recruiting adult participants for treatment studies for emotional eating, binge eating, or bulimia. If you are interested in seeking treatment and are 18 years or older, you may be eligible to participate in a study at Drexel University. Please contact us at EDresearch@drexel.edu, call (215) 553-7186, or visit www.drexel.edu/psychology/clinic.

Online: (scan down)   My name is Sara Aslan, and I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in counseling psychology. I am currently conducting a dissertation study regarding social experiences and eating patterns for Latina/x women, under the supervision of Dr. Laurel Watson. This study has been approved by the UMKC campus SSIRB. If you would like to participate, you will be prompted to complete a one-time, online survey. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and is anonymous and confidential. You are eligible to participate in this study if (a) you are at least 18 years of age or older; (b) identify as a woman; (c) identify as Latina/x; (d) currently live in the U.S.; and (e) speak English or Spanish. Both English and Spanish versions of the survey are available. Your participation is completely voluntary, and you may choose to withdraw at any time during the study. Following your participation, you will be eligible to enter a raffle to win one of 15, $25 Amazon gift cards. If you select to enter this raffle, you will be asked to enter your contact information on a secure page that will NOT be linked to your survey responses. Please click on the English or Spanish link below if you are interested in participating: English Survey: https://umkc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_02jLA17el8qY5Lv Spanish Survey: https://umkc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1zx3lSFrmmVDGyp . Please contact me at Sara.M.Aslan@mail.umkc.edu if you have any questions about this study.

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 (www.canped.ca) 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 www.canped.ca, email us at canped@cheo.on.ca, or call us at 613-737-7600 ext 3803.


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