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Assistance with Medical Insurance Coverage and Payment:

If you need treatment and you do not have medical insurance, this site may be helpful: 

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We Connect: A national program that helps connect needy families to services:

Rx Assist: Directory of medication assistance programs.




Kristen Haglund Foundation: Offers grants to individuals in financial need for treatment of eating disorders.

LisasLightOfHope: Scholarship Fund: A Western Massachusetts family is working to raise money to help treat patients with eating disorders. Lisaís Light of Hope Fund was created in memory of Lisa Marie Calabrese, who died at the age of 21, after battling with anorexia and bulimia for years. Her parents started the fund because of the lack of treatment options locally, that may have helped Lisa survive. The Calabrese family has partnered with Baystate Medical Center. To learn more about Lisaís Light of Hope fund, you can visit

Manna Scholarship Fund: Another Foundation offering scholarship funds for eating disorder treatment.

MentorConnect: The first Global EDs mentoring community where those who are solid in their healing mentor those who are still in the healing process.

Mercy Ministries of America, Nashville:  Free Christian-Based Treatment: For over 25 years, Mercy Ministries of America has provided hope and healing to generations of desperate young women who are seeking freedom from life-controlling problems such as eating disorders. Their free-of-charge biblically-based program serves a diverse population of young women from various socio-economic backgrounds, aged 13-28. Many of the girls, who come to Mercy for help, are facing a combination of debilitating circumstances and have been in various treatment facilities with unsuccessful long-term results. They are committed to providing the young women they serve with the most excellent program services that allow them to recognize their self-worth and prepare them to reach their full potential. You may find that they believe that indulging in eating disorder behavior is a sin and can only be cured by coming closer to God.  Their non-conventional approach to healing allows young women to permanently stop destructive cycles and prepares them to take hope out into their communities.

Moonshadow's Spirit: Offers financial assistance to individuals who are seeking inpatient or partial hospitalization eating disorder programs.

Project HEAL: A non-profit created by three young women intended to offer support for those who want to heal from their eating disorders. Scholarship applications for treatment are available

Kartini Foundation:

The Gail R. Schoenbach Foundation for Recovery and Elimination of Eating Disorders

The Jennifer Mathiason Fund

The Kirsten Haglund Foundation

Rebecca's Eating Disorder Foundation




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Research Programs: Below is a list of programs offering treatment for involvement in their studies (sometimes the cost of treatment is covered):

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San Diego, CA Research: In conjunction with Dr. Walter Kaye and his research team, Dr. Amanda Bischoff-Grethe is seeking female participants between 12 and 18 years of age who have a recent (within the last six months) diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa. Qualified participants will be asked to answer questions regarding their personality and cognitive abilities and will also undergo a 1.5 hour brain imaging study. By participating in this research study you may assist physicians and researchers in developing treatments for these complex and serious disorders. You may be compensated up to $175 dollars plus mileage. For more information, contact the UCSD Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program at or call the Research Coordinator, ZoŽ Irvine at 858-246-0699.


San Diego, CA Research: Women who have recovered from Anorexia and/or Bulimia Nervosa. UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program is conducting a research a neuroimaging research study on those who have recovered from Anorexia and/or Bulimia Nervosa. This research study will help us examine the neurobiology of Eating Disorders. Women who may qualify are: between ages 18-45; with normal height and weight; no serious medical problems; no current Medications (birth control ok). If you have any questions or would like more information call 858-534-8062 or email



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Baltimore, MD: Anorexia Research Study. Johns Hopkins researchers are conducting a placebo-controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of a research medication in the treatment of adults with anorexia nervosa. Participants will be offered 16 weeks of medication (active or inactive) and weekly outpatient medical monitoring by a psychiatrist. The treatment will be provided at no cost. To participate, you must 1) have anorexia nervosa, 2) be 18-70 years old 3) be medically stable for outpatient treatment 4) complete assessments (interviews, questionnaires, and medical evaluations) at intervals throughout the 16-week study and at 1- and 2-month follow-ups. All information gathered will remain confidential. For more information call The Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program at (410)-955-3863 or email at  



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Columbia Center for Eating Disorders research in exchange for the cost of treatment:

Dr. Evelyn Attia at Columbia and Weill Cornell Medical Centers, along with colleagues at Johns Hopkins, University of Pittsburgh and University of Toronto, are currently conducting a study looking at whether the antipsychotic medication olanzapine may help individuals with anorexia nervosa feel better, as well as restore them to a normal weight. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either olanzapine or placebo for 16 weeks, during which time participants will come in to the clinic weekly to meet with a psychiatrist. They will then be followed for another 8 weeks. Eligibility criteria are very specific, and include, but are not limited to, women and men who are underweight and at least 18 years of age. Please contact the eating disorders program at New York State Psychiatric Institute at 212-543-5739, or e-mail us at, to learn more. We would be happy to discuss other research as well, as we have many ongoing studies.


The Columbia and Weill Cornell Center for Eating Disorders has initiated a new study and recruiting adults 18 years of age and up with anorexia nervosa and a self reported exercise history to receive an adapted form of CBT for anorexia nervosa. Participants will receive 34 therapy sessions over an 8-10month period. They will be randomly assigned to one of two types of CBT. This is part of an international multi-site clinical trial and participants in the New York area will be seen at New York-Presbyterian Westchester campus. Please contact the eating disorders program at New York State Psychiatric Institute at 212-543-5739, or e-mail us at, to learn more. We would be happy to discuss other research as well, as we have many ongoing studies.


Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center are conducting an NIMH-funded study aimed at understanding brain development in adolescents with Bulimia Nervosa. They are looking for girls, 12-18 years old, who binge-eat and purge. Participation involves completing interviews, games and puzzles, and an MRI scan. Compensation (up to $400) or treatment, free of charge, will be provided for participation. The study takes place at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive in Manhattan. For more information, call the Eating Disorders Clinic at 212-543-5739 or 212-543-6072 or email



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Paid Anorexia Treatment In North Carolina: Eating disorder treatment is often expensive, costing thousands of dollars. Because this is a therapy research study, they are able to offer this study-related leading-edge treatment to you at no cost. Participation will include about six months of comprehensive study-related treatment, including visits with therapists, a psychiatrist, and a dietitian. Couples will be randomly assigned to receive one of two forms of treatment. Requirements: You or your partner has anorexia nervosa; You and your partner have been together for at least 6 months; You are both at least 18 years old; You are both interested in participating in the study. For more information, please call the study coordinator at 919-843-2483 or email



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Binge Eating Disorder Study in Seattle, WA : 



Obesity Research Centers-- click here


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