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What To Bring For Your Residential Stay

The Emily Program is a national leader in eating disorder treatment for people of all ages and genders. Our 24/7 residential facililties provide personalized treatment in a safe, supportive, and homelike environment with around-the-clock supervision. 

Review This Packing List Before You Arrive

In order to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all residents, we request that clients limit the personal belongings brought at admit to the items listed below. Staff will search all belongings upon admission and items not adhering to these guidelines will be sent home or stored. If you have specific questions regarding this list, please contact our us at 1-888-EMILY-77.

The Emily Program Residential Frequently Asked Questions

The Emily Program is a national leader in eating disorder treatment for adolescents and adults with eating disorders. Residential treatment helps clients focus on recovery in a safe, supportive, and homelike environment with around-the-clock supervision.

Currently, our three residential facilities are Anna Westin House – Adults and Anna Westin House – Adolescent And Young Adult in Minnesota and The Emily Program - Residential in Ohio. We will open a residential facility in Washington in 2017. Learn if 24/7/365 supervised care is right for you or your loved one. Submit an eating disorder assessment interest form or call 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) today.

The Emily Program - 24/7 Residential Care FAQs

Where are residential services offered?

Currently, there are two residential facilities in St. Paul, Minnesota: Anna Westin House for adults and Anna Westin House - Adolescent and Young Adults for ages 10-21; a facility for adults in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, a facility for adults in Seattle, Washington.

Where is the Anna Westin House?

We have two Anna Westin Houses: Anna Westin House for adults and Anna Westin House-Adolescent for adolescents and young adults.

Our adult residential program is located on the corner of Buford and Cleveland Avenues in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, across the street from the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. Our address is 1449 Cleveland Avenue North, Saint Paul, MN 55108.

Our adolescent and young adult residential program is located on the corner of Commonwealth and Como Avenues in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, across the street from the St. Anthony Park Library and next door to Muffuletta. Our address is 2230 Como Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108. We call this the “Toogood Building” in honor of Roger Toogood, a longtime director of the Children’s Home Society and Family Services (CHSFS), the organization that formerly owned the facility. The site has a legacy of service since 1959.

Does The Emily Program – Residential facilities help males?

Yes, we serve adolescents and adults of all genders, including males, females, and transgender individuals, who struggle with eating disorders. We admit new residents after we take into consideration the current population.

How long do people stay at The Emily Program – Residential?

We tailor the length of stay to meet the unique needs of each resident. Some residents stay less than a month and others stay several months.

Can I be a vegetarian/vegan at The Emily Program – Residential?

Our chef and dietitians can work with a variety of dietary needs. They will work with you and your family to meet your specific needs.

Can I have visitors while I am at The Emily Program – Residential?

Visitors are welcome during non-programming times, which are primarily in the evenings and on the weekends.

How much does The Emily Program – Residential cost?

Cost depends on how long you stay. Our staff will gladly help you determine and maximize your insurance benefits. If you need to pay out of pocket, we are also happy to set up a payment plan.

Who is Anna Westin?

Anna Selina Westin was born in 1978 and lived in Chaska, Minnesota most of her life. She died in 2000 after struggling for five years with anorexia, a deadly disease that affects millions of Americans.

A graduate of Chaska High School, she was a student at the University of Oregon who loved life. Her many interests and talents included music, photography, hiking, backpacking, reading, writing, fishing, traveling, volunteering, and best of all, spending time with family and friends. She made and sent beautifully decorated cards and letters to family and friends throughout her life.

She was thoughtful, compassionate, generous with her time, and had a talent for making everyone feel special and important.

Anna's family is very proud of her accomplishments, including her hard work to overcome anorexia. Anna suffered from a serious, often fatal, illness that needs to be treated with the same urgency as other life-threatening diseases. The duration of the illness, high cost of treatment, and lack of knowledge about eating disorders cause immense suffering. Click here to watch a short video about Anna Westin.

To help other families, Anna's family speaks openly about her life and death, and opened the Anna Westin House in 2002. They continue to advocate for those struggling with eating disorders through advocacy and education with The Emily Program Foundation. 

What do you mean by "integrative" interventions?

We offer therapies that complement traditional medical approaches and are effective with eating disorders. For example, we may use meditation, yoga, or art therapy.

What do I have to bring to The Emily Program – Residential?

Bring comfortable clothing, typical toiletries, and some personal items to help you feel secure away from home (e.g., a few photos or other personal decorative items). See the packing list for suggested and prohibited items.

Will I have passes or time away from the program?

From day one, we develop a strong transition plan to optimize your recovery. We regularly have group outings—and you also have some individual free time to spend with friends and family. Both can help you develop the independent living skills essential to recovery.

Can I have my cell phone with me at The Emily Program – Residential?

Adult residents and young adults ages 18+ may have a cell phone and use it during non-programming times.

Residents under 18 years of age will not have access to their cell phones.

Our facilities have a residents' phone line where families and friends can leave messages and where you can make local calls or use a long-distance calling card.

Will I have access to the Internet while at The Emily Program – Residential?

We have a residents’ PC for Internet, email, and general computing. Many residents bring a small USB storage device for documents or other files they create here.

Can I have a car at The Emily Program – Residential?

Yes, you can have a vehicle while staying at our residential facility. Please note that in St. Paul, we have limited spaces in our parking lot and must require all residents to park their cars at our Como Ave. location. We do have a car protocol that must be followed by residents who choose to have a vehicle with them while in residential care.

Are there laundry facilities at The Emily Program – Residential?

Yes, and there is no additional cost.

Do I need spending money?

Residents typically bring some spending money for toiletries, reading materials, craft materials, etc.

Can I use musical instruments and art supplies during free time?

Yes! We encourage you to develop or continue creative and soothing interests and hobbies during free time, such as music, art, and writing. We have art and writing supplies, a keyboard, drums, guitar, and other percussion instruments available for you to use. Since we have these items available for use, we do not allow residents to bring their own instruments or art supplies.

Start The Journey To Recovery Now

If you or someone you love struggles with food, it’s time for real help from compassionate and experienced professionals. Please don’t wait. Use our online form to begin the eating disorder assessment process or call 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977). At The Emily Program, there is healing. And hope.

The Emily Program 24/7 Residential Care

Our residential treatment facilities are places of hope and healing. Here, adolescents and adults with eating disorders focus on recovery in a safe, supportive, and homelike environment with around-the-clock supervision and care. Learn if 24/7 supervised care is right for you or your loved one. Submit an online inquiry to begin the eating disorder assessment process or call 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) today.

Eating Disorder Recovery Is Possible 

Recovery in a homelike environment that’s quiet, safe, and monitored is a more comfortable option for clients who require intensive and supervised care.

Our passionate, experienced care teams of physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, dietitians, and other healthcare and educational professionals work together to develop a personalized treatment plan for each client in our residential programs. Multidisciplinary evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Maudsley Approach to Family-Based Treatment and integrative interventions, such as art and movement address the full range of eating disorders and related health issues. Individual and group therapy, as well as family therapy and nutrition education, reinforce the recovery process each day.

The residential recovery experience helps clients and their families recognize and change destructive eating disorder behaviors and replace them with positive, lasting coping mechanisms that support a whole, joyful life.

Start The Journey To Recovery Now

If you or someone you love struggles with food, it’s time for real help from compassionate and experienced professionals. Please don’t wait. Use our online form to begin the eating disorder assessment process or call 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977). At The Emily Program, there is healing. And hope.

24/7 Residential Care – Minnesota

Anna Westin House For Adults

Adults with eating disorders focus on recovery in a safe, supportive, and homelike environment with around-the-clock supervision and care. Learn if 24/7/365 supervised care is right for you or your loved one. Schedule an eating disorder assessment or call 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) today.

About Anna Westin House

Opened in 2002 with 8 beds, the original Anna Westin House in Chaska, Minnesota, became Minnesota’s first facility for residential eating disorders treatment. It was created in memory of Anna Westin, a Chaska woman who died in 2000 after battling an eating disorder.

The Emily Program assumed the operations of the Anna Westin House in 2007 and relocated in 2010 to our present location, a beautifully remodeled church, that doubled our space to 16 beds. In 2011, we opened the 10-bed Anna Westin House – Adolescent And Young Adult residence in the same neighborhood. It is the first of its kind in Minnesota dedicated exclusively to teenagers. Now both renovated facilities are located in the quiet St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul. Residents in our 24/7 treatment program for adults can explore the area to practice their recovery skills, shop, and relax on their journey to recovery.

Services at Anna Westin House - Adult

  • Contemporary homelike setting for adults of all genders
  • Onsite 24/7 nursing supervision and medical monitoring
  • Onsite therapists, physicians, dietitians, and other professional staff
  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Integrative interventions (yoga, art, etc.)
  • Substance abuse, trauma, and other therapy
  • Semi-private rooms
  • Nutritious meals and snacks; nutrition counseling and education
  • Onsite laundry facilities, WiFi, and common area

A typical week at the Anna Westin House - Adult

Residents participate in group sessions, a variety of individual sessions, and three therapeutic meals and snacks per day. Sessions include psychotherapy, family therapy, nutrition, art therapy, medical assessments and monitoring, psychiatric visits, and other activities during the week. Each resident's schedule is personalized to meet their specific needs.

Components of our Residential Program at Anna Westin House

Group Psychotherapy: Groups meet to share common experiences and to alleviate feelings of shame and isolation. Sharing common experiences breaks these barriers and inspires self-understanding as each person learns to identify unhealthy patterns and develop healthy alternatives. Group therapy includes CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), multifamily group, and others.

Family Therapy: Family therapy sessions explore and improve long-standing communication patterns between family members. These sessions provide awareness of common issues and roles and help the individual with the eating disorder to recover and work toward a successful transition to the next level of care. Multifamily group and meal sessions are incorporated each week.

Nutrition Therapy: Individual, group and family nutritional counseling, education, and meal planning are tailored to each resident's needs to help him or her interrupt symptom use, restore body health, and regain trust in his or her body's ability to regulate eating. These sessions and supported therapeutic meals and snacks help restore harmony to eating patterns, develop self-care skills, and help family members better understand how to support their loved one around eating.

Medical Care: A nursing staff, a physician, and/or a physician assistant evaluate and monitor each resident's medical status.

Psychiatric Care: Our staff psychiatrists are specially trained to treat eating disorders and related co-occurring disorders. Medications may be incorporated into treatment of the eating disorder or other related conditions.

Experiential Activities: Community experiences such as cooking, grocery shopping, and dining at restaurants help the individual strengthen self-expression and gain assertiveness and symptom control.

Additional Therapies: Integrative interventions may be included in a treatment plan, as appropriate for each client. Some of these therapies include:

  • Art Therapy: Creating art helps relieve anxiety, address body image issues, provide nonverbal means of expression, and assist in developing new coping and expressive skills.
  • Movement Therapy: Yoga, stretching, strength work, and play activities support well-being.

Start The Journey To Recovery Now

If you or someone you love struggles with food, it’s time for real help from compassionate and experienced professionals. Please don’t wait. Use our online form to schedule an eating disorder assessment or call 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977). At The Emily Program, there is healing. And hope.

Anna Westin House For Adults

1449 Cleveland Ave N
St Paul, MN 55108
P: 651-645-5323
F: 651-328-8254
Toll-Free: 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977)

Learn more about Residential Treatment for adults.

24/7 Residential Care – Minnesota

Welcome To The Anna Westin Houses

Our two residential treatment facilities in Minnesota are places of hope and healing. Here, adolescents and adults with eating disorders focus on recovery in a safe, supportive, and homelike environment with around-the-clock supervision and care. Learn if 24/7/365 supervised care is right for you or your loved one. Schedule an eating disorder assessment or call 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) today.

Our Healing Homes: Anna Westin House For Adults And Anna Westin House For Adolescents And Young Adults

Opened in 2002 with 8 beds, the original Anna Westin House in Chaska, Minnesota, became Minnesota’s first facility for residential eating disorders treatment. It was created in memory of Anna Westin, a Chaska woman who died in 2000 after battling an eating disorder.

The Emily Program assumed the operations of the Anna Westin House in 2007 and relocated in 2010 to our present location that doubled our space to 16 beds. In 2011, we opened the 10-bed Anna Westin House – Adolescent And Young Adult residence next door. It is the first of its kind in Minnesota dedicated exclusively to teenagers.

These two historic buildings with modern amenities are integrated into the peaceful St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul. Residents explore the area to practice their recovery skills, shop, and relax.

Residential Program Components

What does a typical week look like at the Anna Westin House-Adolescent or Anna Westin House? Residents participate in group sessions, a variety of individual sessions, and three therapeutic meals and snacks per day. Sessions include psychotherapy, family therapy, nutrition, art therapy, medical assessments and monitoring, psychiatric visits, massage, and other activities during the week. Each resident's schedule is personalized to meet his or her specific needs.

Individual Psychotherapy: By exploring underlying emotions and interpersonal factors that contribute to an eating disorder, individuals learn to replace uncontrolled behaviors and negative feelings with a strong sense of self and a positive self-esteem.

Group Psychotherapy: Groups meet to share common experiences to alleviate feelings of shame and isolation. Sharing common experiences breaks these barriers and inspires self-understanding as each person learns to identify unhealthy patterns and develop healthy alternatives. Group therapy includes CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), multifamily group, and others.

Family Therapy: Family therapy sessions explore and improve long-standing communication patterns between family members. These sessions provide awareness of common issues and roles and help the individual with the eating disorder to recover and work toward a successful transition to the next level of care. Multifamily group and meal sessions are incorporated each week.

Nutrition Therapy: Individual, group and family nutritional counseling, education, and meal planning are tailored to each resident's needs to help him or her interrupt symptom use, restore body health, and regain trust in his or her body's ability to regulate eating. These sessions and supported therapeutic meals and snacks help restore harmony to eating patterns, develop self-care skills, and help family members better understand how to support their loved one around eating.

Medical Care: A nursing staff, a physician, and/or a physician assistant evaluate and monitor each resident's medical status.

Psychiatric Care: Our staff psychiatrists are specially trained to treat eating disorders and related co-occurring disorders. Medications may be incorporated into treatment of the eating disorder or other related conditions.

Experiential Activities: Community experiences such as cooking, grocery shopping, and dining at restaurants help the individual strengthen self-expression and gain assertiveness and symptom control.

Education/Schooling: For our teenage and young adult residents, we make arrangements with a student's home district and the local school district to support their continued academic participation. Licensed teachers from St. Paul Public Schools assist with tutoring and studying.

Additional Therapies: Integrative interventions may be included in a treatment plan, as appropriate for each client. Some of these therapies include:

  • Art Therapy: Creating art helps relieve anxiety, address body image issues, provide nonverbal means of expression, and assist in developing new coping and expressive skills.
  • Movement Therapy: Yoga, stretching, strength work, and play activities support well-being.

Start The Journey To Recovery Now

If you or someone you love struggles with food, it’s time for real help from compassionate and experienced professionals. Please don’t wait. Use our online form to schedule an eating disorder assessment or call 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977). At The Emily Program, there is healing. And hope.

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