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Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of eating disorders, and what age range of patients, do you treat?
How many patients are in your program?
Do patients in the eating disorders program interact with general psychiatry patients?
What is the typical length of stay in treatment?
How often do patients have individual therapy?
How often do patients see a psychiatrist?
Is exercise part of your treatment program?
What about school for minor patients?
Will parents of patients have someone to talk with on a regular basis?
How often are visits and phone calls with family and friends permitted?
What kind of clothes should I bring to the hospital?
What should I bring besides my clothes?
Do I need to bring money with me?
Who are the professional staff?
What is the cost of treatment?
How is admission arranged?

 

What kinds of eating disorders, and what age range of patients, do you treat?

Our inpatient and partial hospitalization programs treat male and female children and adolescents who have anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or other non-specific eating disorders.

Adult services are available in our Partial Hospitalization Program.

 

How many patients are in your program?

There are typically 7-12 patients in the adolescent inpatient program and 8-10 patients in each of the partial hospitalization programs.

Our programs are small, allowing highly individualized care.

 

Do patients in the eating disorders program interact with general psychiatry patients?

Although some programming is combined, most program groups are separate.

 

What is the typical length of stay in treatment?

Length of stay in inpatient and partial hospitalization is determined by an individual patient’s needs, taking into account the nature and extent of the difficulties the individual is experiencing. Thus, length of time in treatment will vary and there is no “typical” length of stay. Some of our patients stay for several weeks, others for several months or longer.

 

How often do patients have individual therapy?

All patients receive individual sessions as determined between patient and treatment team.

 

How often do patients see a psychiatrist?

Each patient meets with his or her psychiatrist at least once a week.

 

Is exercise part of your treatment program?

Yes. Patients begin engaging in a moderate level of supervised physical activity once they have reached a weight at which exercise is appropriate. For patients with a history of excessive or compulsive exercise, emphasis is placed on helping the individual develop and practice a flexible program of moderate exercise.

 

What about school for minor patients?

Children and adolescents in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs attend school for three hours per day, in a classroom provided by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Academic assessment and remedial services are available. If the classroom staff determines that a patient has special education needs, the staff will inform the parents and offer assistance in obtaining special education services and placement in the appropriate academic setting upon discharge from the hospital. Staff can also offer input about the best school setting for those adolescents who do not require special education services.

 

Will parents of patients have someone to talk with on a regular basis?

Yes. The case coordinator and/or the social worker maintain regular contact with parents of our adolescent patients (and, with patient permission, family members of our adult patients). Family therapy sessions are typically held once a week for our adolescent patients, and parents are encouraged to attend the weekly parent support group led by our inpatient nursing staff.

 

How often are visits and phone calls with family and friends permitted?

For the adolescent inpatient program, visiting hours are seven days a week from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and also from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. There is a pay phone on each inpatient unit that can be used to make or receive calls during free time up until 10 p.m. for adolescents. Phone calls are usually limited to 10 minutes each, so that everyone has a chance to use the phone. The phone may not be used during scheduled activities.

 

What kind of clothes should I bring to the hospital?

We recommend bringing washable, easy-care clothing, clearly marked with one’s name, enough for 7-10 days. Laundry facilities are on the inpatient unit, and laundry detergent will be supplied for you. Suggested items to bring include:
  • Athletic shoes
  • Socks
  • Mid-thigh shorts
  • Jeans, sweatpants or capris
  • Pajamas, bathrobe and slippers
  • Blouses or tee shirts (including some with long sleeves)
  • Sweater and/or light jacket
  • Jewelry that is not long and dangling and that does not present a safety hazard is permitted

 

What should I bring besides my clothes?

You are welcome to bring other items that may help you feel more comfortable during your stay, such as your own comforter, pillows, pictures (but no glass frames), posters, books, CD player or iPod. Small clocks (battery-operated clocks are recommended), radios, blow dryers, hair straighteners, curling irons and electric shavers are permitted.

 

Do I need to bring money with me?

When you and your treatment team decide that you are ready, you will begin participating in weekly group snack outings and lunch outings. You will need approximately $15 per week for snack and lunch out. In addition, inpatients and partial hospital patients occasionally go out to see a movie; you will need approximately $10 to participate in each of these trips.

 

Who are the professional staff?

Our multidisciplinary treatment team is comprised of licensed clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, occupational therapists, recreation therapists and psychiatric nurses – all with extensive experience in the care of patients with eating disorders and their families. All treatment is under the general oversight of Michael Strober, Ph.D.

 

What is the cost of treatment?

The cost of inpatient and partial hospitalization depends upon your insurance benefits. We will verify your insurance benefits and discuss specific costs with you prior to admission.

 

How is admission arranged?

For admission to the adolescent inpatient eating disorders program, please contact Leah Parrent at (310) 825-0161.

For admission to the partial hospital disorders program, please contact the admission office at (310) 267-8008.

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