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Division of Women’s Mental Health

Klarman Eating Disorders Center

Where is the Klarman Eating Disorders Center located

The program is located on the Belmont campus, in the Bowditch Building. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Who benefits most from the Klarman Eating Disorders Center?

Our residential program focuses on treating young women ages 16 to 26 who suffer from a primary eating disorder diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder (BED), in addition to co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses of major depression and bipolar disorder, PTSD, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and substance use disorders. Young women older than 26 may be considered for admission on an individual basis.

Is family involved in treatment?

As the whole family is impacted when a family member has an eating disorder, family involvement and family therapy is a mandatory component of our treatment program.

Is smoking permitted?

Our program is non-smoking.

When are visiting hours?

Visiting hours are 7-8:30 pm Monday through Friday, 1-2:45 pm and 7-8:30 pm Saturday, and 1-2:45 pm Sunday.

There is a group restaurant outing on Saturdays for lunch. Once eligible, residents may also schedule therapeutic snack, lunch or dinner passes with family members or friends.

Are cell phones and other electronics allowed?

Residents may bring cell phones without cameras, but all phones must be checked at the nurses’ station and used only at scheduled times. Personal laptops are not allowed. McLean computers are available for educational use under strict staff supervision. Due to privacy concerns, residents may not visit Facebook, Instagram, or other social networking sites.

Are academics offered?

While our first priority is treatment, we recognize the importance of education. Our Intake Coordinator works closely with parents and the family therapist to coordinate schoolwork with the student’s guidance counselor or school representative, and can assist with obtaining tutors as necessary. Academic time is included in the daily program schedule and we have an academic room with computers designated for completion of homework. Free time and visiting hours are generally used as additional opportunities to focus on schoolwork.

Is aftercare planning a part of the program?

The treatment team works closely with the individual as well as with family, significant friends, and outside providers to develop a personalized aftercare plan. Recommendations by staff are made based upon clinical needs, progress made during treatment, and long-term treatment goals.

Can former residents access their medical records?

All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean's Health Information Management Department.

Are support groups offered?

To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own treatment course, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean.

Does McLean gather patient feedback?

McLean is dedicated to maintaining high-quality and effective patient care. To ensure that those standards remain at the highest level, we utilize a number of feedback instruments and quality indicators. Among these tools are the Perceptions of Care survey which monitors patient satisfaction and BASIS-24™, a psychiatric outcomes measurement tool created at McLean and widely used in the US and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.