Treatment Access Program
80% of the 30 million Americans who suffer with eating disorders do not receive treatment. We are on a mission to change that.
When Project HEAL began, we focused aggressively, but narrowly, on awarding grants to ED sufferers who could not otherwise afford clinical treatment. To date, Project HEAL has funded over 100 recipients to receive comprehensive care at a cost of roughly $15,000 each. Thanks to the generosity of our HEALers circle, we’re able to treat to outcome, and are working towards a day when we can help all of the hundreds of applicants who apply each year.
Over the years, though, we've recognized that scaling direct monetary aid is prohibitively expensive, and have begun working towards more systemic change. Since the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity act in 2008, eating disorder treatment is legally required to be covered by insurance, but there remains a huge gap in education and enforcement. In 2018, to extend our reach and support all applicants, Project HEAL partnered with the Kennedy Forum to build a model mental health parity enforcement program. We are working to understand where current gaps in care are occurring, and to remedy these gaps through health insurance navigation, education, enforcement, appeals and robust partnerships.