EDCare Denver Reviews, Cost, Complaints

EDCare Denver

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The Basics

Located in Denver, Colorado, EDCare is a treatment organization for adult clients ages 18 and older struggling with an array of eating disorders as well as individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders and trauma. Founded in 2001, EDCare’s Denver location is the flagship facility. It offers a continuum of care including a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), standard outpatient options and aftercare.

Joint Commission accredited, EDCare employs a mindfulnesses-based approach called CAMSA (Connection, Acceptance, Mindfulness, Sense of Self, Action) that treats the underlying roots of the eating disorder and heals the mind, body and spirit. To this end, the facility provides a completely personalized outpatient treatment program that integrates evidence-based individual and group therapy, family therapy, holistic methods, nutrition education and medication management. It’s worth noting, the 12-step recovery model is not a component of the programming.

Treatment and Staff

EDCare treats adult clients with an array of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating, binge eating and unspecified eating disorders as well as co-occurring disorders. Before beginning treatment, clients undergo a comprehensive assessment that includes a full medical exam, a psychological and psychiatric evaluation as well as a nutritional history. This evaluation helps the team to design the most effective treatment plan customized to the unique needs of the individual.

EDCare Denver offers PHP, IOP, an evening IOP, outpatient services and aftercare. Evening IOP is ideal for clients that require consistent therapy without having to stop working. In addition, there are specialized tracks for binge eating, trauma, substance use and athletics. PHP clients engage in weekly consults with a psychiatrist, individual therapy twice a week, daily group therapy as well as family therapy once a week. In group therapy, clients learn about the disease of addiction, proper nutrition, relationships, positive body image and coping mechanisms. Therapists utilize evidence-based methods like CBT, DBT and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). Nutrition therapy is an integral component to treatment. Clients have three meals a day, participate in instructive cooking classes and meet regularly with a dietitian to create a sustainable balanced meal plan.

The EDCare team is comprised of therapists, dietitians, psychiatrists, physicians, sport psychologists, conditioning consultants and clinicians. Medication management can be facilitated.

Extras

Holistic offerings include yoga, expression therapy and psychodrama that uses guided drama and role playing to foster self-empowerment.

For PHP clients in need of a place to stay, EDCare Denver offers the Connections House. The upscale home is situated a few miles from the facility, employs an in-house counselor and can accommodate up to 13 residents.

In Summary

EDCare Denver employs a bio-psycho-social approach to care rooted in the treatment of underlying causes and the empowerment of the individual. EDCare offers PHP, IOP, evening IOP, outpatient and aftercare services in addition to several specified tracks for binge eating, exercise and substance use disorders. For clients seeking comprehensive programming and a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals and dieticians, EDCare is an exceptional choice.

EDCare
4100 E Mississippi Ave, Ste 1300
Denver, CO 80246

ED Care Denver Cost: Call for cost; insurance accepted. Reach EDCare Denver by phone at (866) 421-5736. Find EDCare on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest

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  1. I think this can be a good program for many people. However, I do not feel their trauma track is really a strong suit; it just consists of any work you do with your primary therapist (I talked about stuff, but not anything really more than that was done), and they have one group a week focused on trauma: How to cope, general talk of experiences, etc. The staff-to-patient ratio is about 5-6 patients per therapist. They provide PHP, IOP, and OP levels of care. They are the only center in Colorado that accepts Medicaid; ERC says over the phone that they do not work with government insurance, but their website says they will do single-case agreements (not sure what’s right; they need to change their site if they absolutely do not take government insurance). I struggled at EDCare, but some of that could be personal issues; they do not allow any dietary allowances unless you have medical proof that you need it; vegetarianism is definitely NOT allowed (not my issue, but…); I do not believe they are the best place for someone with a physical disability, or someone dealing with something like autism. Their Connections House is very nice, and you are allowed to go out every night, if you want, except Mondays and Thursdays; every night (except Saturdays) has specific types of outings available to choose from; there are two counsellors for the evening until about 10:30 (one stays at the house, and one can take clients out), one throughout the night, until about 6:00, and one from then through breakfast at the center; one of the evening counsellors helps with dinner at the center, as well; up to 13 clients can be housed here at a time; most rooms have two beds, but I think there is one upstairs that has three; bathrooms are shared between two or three rooms. Right away, you do have choices with breakfast, and you prepare it yourself, with supervision/checks to make sure you meet all the requirements; lunch and dinner have no choices; there are usually three choices for snacks, but evening snack you can choose anything, as long as you meet your snack requirement; moring snack is usually one of two nut options: either just nuts mix, or nuts with MandM’s; afternoon snack list changes, according to the day of the week; I’ve already explained evening snack. Average stay in PHP is about 8 weeks, and IOP seems to be anywhere from 4-8 weeks on average, more if you really need it. They have groups on DBT, CBT, ACT, psychodrama, nutrition, medical/psychiatric concerns (run by one of the psychiatrists, or, sometimes, the PA), spirituality, cooking/food-related activities with the cook once a week, family/relationshipp issues, multifamily (supporters can come in Saturday mornings; they discuss a diferent aspect of EDs each week, led by one of the primary staff), ANAD support group Saturday afternoons (open to the community), transitions (you go out for a snack challenge every other week), lunch challenge once a week (one week they bring something in, the other they take you somewhere, usually in walking distance), sexuality (or the trauma group if on the trauma track), and either something more relaxing at the center, or an outing for Sunday afternoons. Program endes early on Saturdays (about 3:15 PM; dinner is eaten on your own or at the Connections House; you decide on a time together)), and starts late on Sundays (about 10:15 AM; breakfast is eaten on your own or at the Connections House, if you are there). You can bring a car, but it cannot be available to you at the Connections House; the staff can drop you off at the center, if you have permission/a pass, and you can take your own car on an outing if you want, but they have to pick you back up at the end of the evening at the center); you can get a pass to go out with a visitor, but they are not allowed at the center or Connections House, unless they are there for family therapy sessions, or the multifamily group; if they are from out-of-town, you may receive special permission to visit with them during program time. Also, each therapist meets with all their clients in one group three times per week, called POD. They use a level system for priveleges: You start out at green; you have to ask in one of your staffings you have each week to move up; blue you can go into the bathroom without a buddy if it is at least an hour after meals, and you can go outside on break times without a staff member; black you are allowed to keep your phone with you all day, unless they see it is problematic; laptops/tablets/phones are allowed in the evenings after and mornings before program officially starts; you have to turn themn in to staff for the day; you can get them back after the last group before dinner. They do look through everything you bring, to make sure you don’t have any “contraband”; they will allow supplements, at least some. They do not have a female psychiatrist; not sure if they would/could bring one in if you really needed that. Clients are accepted from out of state, and there was even one person from the UK there while I was there, but she did have family in the US; they can help you find housing accomodations if needed. Both males and females are treated there, but they can only house female clients at their Connections House. There is no separation between levels of care/priveleges at meal/snack times; you have a place tag, and they decide each meal where each person is seated; they mix it up; there is a therapist (milieu, not primary) at each table; they have card games you can play to distract from the focus on food; they start each meal with a mindfulness moment, which I myself find more anxiety-producing than helpful, but clients are encouraged to provide something for these if they wish to, such as a piece of music (I played my small harp once), a poem, some words of wisdom/comfort, a joke, or whatever they want, as long as it is appropriate. They use the CAMSA model, and you do have to write your autobiagraphy of your ED life/history to share with your POD group; on your last day, they do a small “ceremony” in POD, basically giving you a chance to say something encouraging to the other members of the group, and for them to take a turn saying something to you, and you receive a necklace with CAMSA on it (I didn’t like it, but…). They have a community meeting once a week, which can be difficult at times, but they do say who will be leaving/graduating in the next week, and make sure new patients are introduced to everyone else. I hope this is a decent review. I would give them 3 out of five stars, but, like I said, I did have some personal issues with them that came up, repeatedly, but…

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