Eating Disorders Services

Our Eating Disorders (ED) Services are designed to support Menninger patients who have a co-existing eating disorder or whose eating-disorder behaviors have resurfaced during inpatient treatment for major depression, anxiety or other mental illness.


The services are modeled after a partial hospitalization program and are not intended to be a substitute for a specialty inpatient eating disorder program.



The ED Services’ objectives are to:

  • Provide a structure that promotes patient safety
  • Offer effective, evidence-based treatment and interventions
  • Develop treatment plans that are appropriate and reasonable
Treatment goals include medical stabilization, weight restoration, nutritional rehabilitation, rehydration, normalized eating and patient self-management.

Services and Schedule

After a patient is admitted to The Clinic, the ED team will assess his or her appropriateness for ED Services. If a patient needs ED Services, the ED team collaborates with the patient’s program treatment team to implement treatment recommendations and develop a comprehensive plan of care.
In addition to participating in the treatment activities of their admitting program – Hope Program for Adults, Compass Program for Young Adults or Professionals Program – patients will:
  • Eat meals together as a group each day and have 30-minute sit times after each meal with a professional trained in eating disorders
  • Attend eating disorder-specific educational groups, such as relapse prevention, body image, perfectionism, meal planning, dialectical behavior therapy skills training and nutritional education
  • Plan meals with a registered dietitian
Patients spend approximately four hours each weekday and three hours each weekend day participating in the ED Services' activities.

Screening Criteria

Our ED Services are designed to supplement the care eating-disorder patients are receiving for other mental illnesses. To ensure that each prospective patient is appropriate for the level of care that we provide, we have developed detailed screening criteria.