Announcing Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders! Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers has taken the next logical step in expanding treatment services in West Michigan by partnering with Gail Hall, LMSW, DCSW, CEDS-S, and her talented team at Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders (CTED).
When somebody is ready to engage in treatment and get the care they need, putting them on a waiting list or sending them out of state is just not acceptable. We need to do better, and provide a full continuum of eating disorder care in Michigan. I believe the partnership with Sanford will provide us with the resources to do that.
Gail Hall, LMSW, DCSW, CEDS-S
Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders – A Similar Mission
Sanford and CTED share a similar mission. That is to expand access and provide a full continuum of quality mental health services in Michigan. Michigan has concerning gaps in resources for those seeking treatment for substance use disorders, eating disorders, and other mental health problems. Often these gaps force individuals to go out of state in order to find providers. This can be costly and overwhelming for those seeking treatment. It can also result in individuals not receiving the care that they need.
Not receiving proper care is particularly problematic when it comes to eating disorders. This is because there is a higher rate of mortality associated with eating disorders as compared to other mental health disorders.
The relationship between Gail Hall and Sanford Founders, David and Rae Green, was born out of a gap in treatment. Several years ago, Gail approached Rae about the possibility of a room at Sanford House at Cherry Street. She had a client from outside of Grand Rapids (both organizations are located there) who was attending a CTED outpatient program. Gail was concerned about the expense and the loneliness of this person staying in a hotel away from family. She felt the Cherry Street house could provide a comfortable and healing environment for the individual while they were going through treatment. The desire to advocate for her client compelled Gail to reach out to a kindred spirit.
From Informal to Formal Partnership
That initial conversation led to an informal partnership enjoyed by both organizations. This included consulting, exchanging ideas for programming, and even “swapping” staff for group work with clients. Given the high incidence of eating disorders co-occurring with substance use disorders, this was a natural partnership.
In the summer of 2020, Jenny Selent, LMFT, was brought on board to expand Sanford’s clinical programming. Additionally, she was tasked with the continued mission of improving access to services in Michigan. Jenny was introduced to Gail Hall and it became clear to both that a more formal partnership and sharing of resources would benefit West Michigan. And so, we established Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders. Jenny and Gail have big plans to attract more quality providers to the area. Also, to expand the continuum of care for eating disorder treatment. They have wasted no time getting down to work!
Gail and I have collaborated for years, she has been a supporter of Sanford since our inception. We have enjoyed talking about new ideas, solving challenges with progressive strategies, and innovatively sharing resources. Gail is a master in the field of eating disorders and we are thrilled to take this partnership to a new level.
Rae Green, JD, LPC, CAADC, Founder and President, Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers
For more information about our eating disorder programs, click HERE.