Residential Eating Disorder Treatment

For Adult Women 18 and Older

We're making history with the first standalone residential eating disorder treatment center in Michigan. Based 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids in Marne, Michigan, Sanford CTED residential treatment has a mission to raise the standard of care across the state and fill service gaps. Sanford is committed to improving access to services, reducing stigma surrounding mental health, and promoting progress and innovation related to mental health.

Soothing colors and comfortable beds
Soothing colors and comfortable beds

Residential Treatment (RTC)

The purpose of Sanford CTED residential, is to provide structure, safety and accountability with 24/7 nursing and clinical support. We want to reduce the harmful effects of eating disorders efficiently, and start individuals on their recovery path. We understand that the needs of each individual seeking treatment are unique, and we work with patients to support a safe transition out of residential treatment when the time is right. In the same way we strive to deliver a person-centered and trauma-informed program throughout the recovery process. We treat:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder (OSFED)
  • For more information go to Eating Disorders

Holistic Philosophy - Our intent is to treat the whole person and promote the development of healthy family/support systems as well. Patients seeking treatment with Sanford will experience a combination of evidence-based therapeutic and medical treatments that embrace our holistic philosophy. Community and spirituality are important to the recovery process. We encourage and support individual exploration/connection as a part of our approach to treatment and recovery. Sanford does not claim any specific religious affiliation and serves individuals of all faiths and beliefs.

Diagnosis - Persons served in this program have been diagnosed with eating disorders, according to the DSM ICD-9 or ICD-10, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder (OSFED). Individuals in this program also require symptom management and interruption that requires an intensity of service delivery that is beyond what can safely be delivered in an outpatient level of care.  All medications prescribed are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sanford accepts referrals from agencies throughout the community, as well as internal referrals.

Environment - Why Sanford West?

eating disorder art therapy
Art, movement, yoga, and therapeutic excursions

At Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus, we employ a fully integrated model of care that addresses eating disorders, addiction, and co-occurring mental health conditions. It is not a one-size-fits-all approach because no two individuals or situations are the same. While the initial focus of treatment may be symptom stabilization our goal is to treat individuals as a whole and not just focus on symptoms, but also address underlying issues in order to promote physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual healing.

Program services include individual, family and group therapy, medical evaluation and monitoring, psychiatric support, nutritional therapy provided by a registered dietician, resource referral, and case management.


Treatment Services Offered

  • Direct line for eating disorder information and free insurance assessment 844.448.7700
  • 15146 16th Ave, Marne, Michigan 49435
  • 20-bed facility
  • Treating adult women
  • Service hours: 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year
  • Crisis prevention and intervention available 24/7
  • Program is gender-specific and emphasizes safety, comfort, and privacy
  • All Sanford Facilities are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Medical staff, certified dietitians, and master’s or Ph.D. level clinicians available 24/7
  • Screening and orientation to treatment
  • Multidisciplinary diagnostic assessments and exams, including a psychiatric, nutritional, and psychological assessment
  • Nutritional screening, including nutritional status and eating disorder behaviors
  • Mental health screening using the DSM or ICD classification of Mental Disorders
  • Physical examination including necessary laboratory testing and an EKG
  • Psychoeducation for individuals and families
  • Individual and family therapy sessions weekly
  • Structured daily check-in with staff
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services, as needed
  • Support groups for individual and families
  • Daily group therapy (skills groups, support groups, didactic groups, art therapy, experiential therapy, nutritional therapy, etc.)
  • Aftercare/continuing care planning & referrals
  • Case management services
  • Nutritional therapy provided by a registered dietician trained and experienced in eating disorders
  • Meal planning and support
  • Therapeutic outings in the community
Friends in recovery - friends for life.
Friends in recovery - friends for life.

Details About Our Services

A comprehensive medical assessment is provided by a medical clinician within 72 hours of admission. Bio-psycho-social assessments are completed at the start of treatment by master’s level clinicians to identify appropriate level of care, current physical and mental health symptoms, eating disorder behaviors and nutritional status. Assessments also identify special needs, including but not limited to, physical challenges, language barriers, and communicable disease requiring isolation, medical/mental health treatment history, substance use history, family dynamics, trauma history, presence of risk to self or others, and the assessment of illness on the patient and family in relation to role impairment, quality of life and burden of care.

  • Assessments include the Eating Aptitude Test (EAT) and the Bulimia Test Revised (BULIT-R), the Eating Disorder Questionnaire (EDEQ)-6 and Eating Disorder Quality of Life, the Biopsychosocial, Suicide Risk, GAD-7, PHQ-9, MSE, BAM, and others.
  • Medical exams are performed by the Chief Medical Officer, a medical doctor or nurse practitioner.
  • Psychiatric exams are performed by a Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
  • Initial exams include a urinalysis and appropriate laboratory testing which can include STI/STD’s, Hepatitis (A, B, & C) and HIV, among others.
  • Follow-up exams are performed for continual evaluation and management of symptoms and medication. Follow-up exams are performed by a MD or NP. The frequency of these exams is at least weekly and dependent on the client’s individual medical needs, determined by the medical examiner.
  • Group therapy sessions are facilitated by a master’s level clinician and sessions incorporate evidence-based modalities and curricula such as Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction among others.
  • Nutritional counseling is provided by a registered dietician trained and experienced in treating eating disorders and provides assessment, education and counseling
  • Individual therapy sessions performed by a master’s level clinician which includes treatment planning, assessing and promoting progression through stages of change, crisis safety plan development (when necessary), and aiding in development of a detailed Relapse Prevention Plan prior to discharge. Clinicians use evidence based therapy techniques and best practices.
  • Psychiatric evaluation and support may include evaluating medication on an on-going basis throughout the treatment process.
  • Research has consistently demonstrated that medication in conjunction with evidenced-based behavioral therapies increases individual’s success in maintaining recovery.
  • Family involvement is the cornerstone of Sanford’s treatment philosophy. Family therapy and family psychoeducation sessions are provided weekly by Master’s level clinicians. We work with all different styles of families, including non-traditional family structures, as well as client’s loved ones and support people who are not “technically” family.
  • Case management services are an integral part of treatment at Sanford. These services include (but are not limited to): planning and coordinating health care, SUD treatment and social services; assisting with applications (FMLA, social security disability, HPRP, LJAP), and criminal justice involvement proceedings; engaging in advocacy on behalf of individual clients; assisting with goal planning, transitions to recovery housing, establishing insurance coverage, securing transportation, employment/education/career objectives; and providing ongoing reassessment specific to immediate resource acquisition needs.

Orientation to Treatment - What to Expect

All our patients participate in an orientation session prior to admission, which includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Background about eating disorders
  • Introduction to roles of treatment team members and their scope of practice.
  • Information regarding appropriate level of care and anticipated length of stay based on needs.
  • Client rights related to confidentiality, HIPAA, and informed consent for releases of information.
  • Sanford’s program guidelines and expectations related to client participation.
  • Ethical and cultural awareness of staff.
  • Informed choice about the treatment commitment they are making.
  • Treatment and program options (e.g. family involvement, alumni groups, etc.).

Treatment Approaches and Evidence-Based Practices

Our residential facility is homelike, non-bureaucratic and beautiful. We have found that healing happens best in an aesthetically pleasing environment, and treatment is more successful if you feel comfortable and safe. A pleasing environment can contribute toward reducing stress, promoting self-care, and serve as a vehicle to healing. Our science-based programs incorporate whole-body wellness, and the vital role of the family in treatment.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Aaron T. Beck 1960's
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) Paul Gilbert 2009
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Marsha M. Linehan 1980's
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) Klerman and Weissman 1970’s
  • Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM) Otago/North Carolina Study
  • Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Francine Shapiro 1987
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) W. Miller & S. Rollnick 1983
  • Brainspotting
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy
  • Art-Therapy
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Exposure-Response Therapy

Don't Wait to Change Your Life - Get In Touch Today

For information about our eating disorder programs 844-776-9651 or fill out the form below