We invest donor dollars where the need is greatest and the outcomes most profound. The following programs have been funded by WaterStone Foundation:
Training for Healthcare Professionals on Eating Disorders
WaterStone Foundation aims to provide high quality, up-to-date, evidence-based training to a large number of healthcare providers. Designed and led by experts in the field, trainings will be provided as one-day, stand-alone events that are free for professionals to attend. If you, or your organization, would like to be considered as a host site or these exciting workshops, please reach out. We are excited to be able to provide this unique opportunity with the goal of enhancing awareness and knowledge of eating disorders. Presented by: Dr. Anita Federici, PhD, C.Psych, Dr. Madalyn Marcus, PhD, C.Psych and Sharon Zister, MSW, RSW.
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People suffering from eating disorders may also struggle with a substance abuse problem or other addiction. Estimates of dual diagnosis are as high as 50%.
With funding from WaterStone, two outstanding facilities collaborated to launch the integrated intensive treatment in Ontario for individuals to address this gap.
Toronto General Hospital which leads the Eating Disorder Program for the GTA and the Toronto Western Hospital, which leads the Substance Abuse Program developed an integrated program specifically for women with eating disorders and substance abuse problems.
New Treatment Protocol for Eating Disorders and Co-occurring Post-Traumatic Stress
Building on the expertise and knowledge gained from a previous project funded by WaterStone Foundation to treat individuals with co-existing eating disorders and substance abuse, the Toronto General Hospital is developing a new integrated treatment protocol for individuals with co-occurring eating disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder. In some cases, the co-occurrence may also be accompanied by substance use issues and self-injury behaviors. WaterStone funding will help 15 individuals from this severely under-served community get innovative treatment.
Our programs support patients needing urgent care, who fall through the cracks of our public healthcare system.
Family Group Therapy
Family support is crucial to recovery for anyone with an eating disorder.
As part of its outpatient program, Southlake Regional Health Centre (Newmarket, Ontario) has successfully run several Multi Family Group Therapy programs over the last 10 years. With continued WaterStone funding support, the capacity of the Multi Family Group Therapy program will double for a second consecutive year.
Day Programs for Outpatients
Eating Disorder Day Treatment Programs in hospitals provide essential psychological, medical and nutritional support five days a week to individuals who are ready to move to the next step in their recovery. The Day Treatment Program (DTP) at the Children’s Hospital of Easter Ontario in Ottawa provides intensive structured treatment to youth between the ages of 12 and 17 years. It’s DTP program, with a current capacity of 8 patients, has been in operation since January 2000 but has been struggling with funding and increased demand to provide support over the entire day. The lack of full day-time supervision has resulted in higher drop-out rates and has impacted the ability of CHEO to accept participants with higher demonstrated medical and psychiatric needs in the DTP. With help from WaterStone Foundation, the Day Program will be able to return to a schedule of full supervision. More patients will be able to benefit from the increased structure as they could step-down from the inpatient program much sooner and inpatient stays will be shorter.
Transitional Support Housing
It is often very difficult for people recovering from an eating disorder to return home following treatment. Recurrence rates are high since patients are thrown back into the environment where their illness developed.
With funding support from WaterStone Foundation, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Middlesex, with London Health Science Centre Adult Eating Disorder Program, opened the doors to a new transition house in December 2016. The house can accommodate up to four individuals at a time for up to three months to help them transition back to normal life following inpatient treatment.
Transitional Treatment Support
Approximately half of adolescents with eating disorders recover while 50% continue to be affected. As a result, a majority of adolescents with eating disorders will require transition of care from pediatric to adult care services for management of their chronic illness. Unfortunately, children’s hospitals are required to discharge patients from all support at 18 years of age. This is often a difficult time for young adults with an eating disorder and the transition to adult care is very challenging.
The Hospital for Sick Children has one of the most comprehensive eating disorder programs in the country. With funding from WaterStone, HSC launched a transition program that starts at age 17, working closely with the patient and their family to help with the transition to adult care and adult life.
Helping Individuals in Need
Another important priority for WaterStone has been to provide financial help to patients who can’t receive the treatment they need in the public healthcare system and don’t have the financial means to access the medical services they need privately.
WaterStone Foundation has established relationships with three of the leading eating disorder private clinics in the country. We have a clearly defined application, evaluation and decision process to ensure that decisions can be made fairly, transparently and ask quickly as possible..