Eating Disorder Day Treatment
Day treatment is an intensive form of eating disorder treatment for children 18 and under whose symptoms cannot be managed adequately on an outpatient basis. Kartini Clinic’s Day Treatment Unit operates 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Patients attend eating disorder treatment during the day and return home in the afternoon and remain home on weekends.
If you or your child’s physician are unsure whether day treatment is an appropriate level of care for your child, our board-certified pediatricians will undertake a thorough assessment during your first appointment with us. If your child is deemed appropriate for a lower level of care - such as Kartini Clinic Outpatient - our doctors will be the first to say so.
On the other hand, day treatment is often a more clinically appropriate option for patients than residential treatment, which can cost two or three times as much, and whose coverage under many insurance plans is limited. After diagnosing and treating over 2200 patients since 1998, our clinical experience clearly shows that patients who undergo successful day treatment are far less likely to relapse or require higher levels of care such as hospitalization or residential treatment at a later date.
While in Kartini Clinic’s Day Treatment Unit patients receive coordinated care from a highly experienced, multi-disciplinary eating disorder treatment team. Services include meals, medical monitoring and medication management, family therapy, individual therapy (as needed), art therapy, movement group and various other activities that help our patients to gain and to maintain physical and psychological remission of their eating disorder symptoms.
Kartini Clinic’s Day Treatment program's avergae length of stay is about eight weeks.
After discharge from day treatment, patients are stepped down to an intensive but tapering series of outpatient services over the course of several months. While outpatient care is not required it is strongly encouraged in order to solidify treatment gains acquired during day treatment.
For more information about Kartini Clinic’s Day Treatment program please contact our intake coordinators, at 503 249 8851.