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Residential Care For Children, Teens and Young Adults

Residential Care for Children, Teens and Young Adults

For teens and young adults, real healing can begin in a safe, supportive, and homelike environment. The Anna Westin House for Adolescents in St. Paul, Minnesota and the Anna Westin House West for Adolescents and Young Adults in Minneapolis, MN are licensed 16-bed treatment centers that help adolescents and young adults of any gender who struggle with eating disorders.


Around-the-clock personalized eating disorder treatment

Anna Westin House – Adolescent and Anna Westin House West are Minnesota’s first residential programs dedicated exclusively to treating adolescent males and females with eating disorders. Our professional 24/7 care includes physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, dietitians, art therapists, licensed teachers, recreational therapists, nurses, eating disorders technicians, and more. Nursing staff is always on duty, while eating disorder technicians and/or therapists are always on hand to support and manage appropriate resident relationships. Licensed teachers from the Saint Paul Public Schools coordinate your child’s academic work with their school.

Both are comfortable, state-of-the-art facilities nestled in peaceful neighborhoods. Whether at the Anna Westin House Adolescent in the St. Anthony neighborhood or Anna Westin House West in the Linden Hills neighborhood, clients will be in a safe and secure environment where real healing can happen.

Our team of therapists, dietitians, psychiatrists, and/or medical doctors seamlessly integrates supervised care and medical monitoring with personalized treatment plans. Teens engage in individual and group therapy. The structured and supportive care we offer combines the clinical expertise of our experienced staff with evidence-based therapies, incorporating psychological, nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and integrative interventions in a comprehensive approach.

Substance use disorder (chemical dependency), abuse history, or other mental health complications often add layers of complexity to eating disorder treatment. We know. Many of us have been there, too, and we’re ready to guide your child on the recovery journey. We’ve worked successfully with adolescents and young adults with eating disorders—and their families—since 1993.


While working with The Emily Program, you can expect us to:

  • Respect you and your child as individuals
  • Reassure your child that recovery from their eating disorder is possible
  • Understand how hard recovery can be
  • Remain committed to your child’s recovery, even on days when they doubt it
  • Take every diagnosis and treatment seriously
  • Provide insights and skills that help your child improve their life
  • Provide your child with a knowledgeable, trustworthy individual therapist and dietitian
  • Provide medical and psychiatric services, as needed
  • Offer multiple therapy and support groups, addressing a wide range of issues
  • Encourage and support your involvement with Family-Based Treatment, family therapy, couples therapy, and other support for family and friends, based on your unique needs
  • Base our treatment decisions on research, community standards, and sound clinical judgment
  • Help you navigate the insurance system, working diligently to ensure the highest coverage possible
  • Work with passion and integrity to serve you and your child in a way that works best for you

Our expectations for you and your child are simple—and also may be difficult (that’s OK; recovery is hard work). We expect:

  • Your child to actively participate in recovery from their eating disorder
  • You and your child to be honest and respectful with yourself and those around you
  • You and your child to make treatment and recovery a top priority

We stay with you through recovery

When your child is ready to transition out of residential care, we’re still here for your family every step of the way. The length of stay depends on your child’s needs and situation; most residents “step down” to our Adolescent Intensive Day Program when leaving Anna Westin House – Adolescent or the Anna Westin House West.

You’ll still have access to many of The Emily Program outpatient options for your child, such as Intensive Outpatient or Intensive Day Programs; individual, group, and family therapy; psychiatry and medical services; and nutritional counseling. We also work with community professionals, including your child’s physician, school staff, and your local therapists and dietitians, to ensure appropriate aftercare.

Our mission is transparent

To provide exceptional care leading to recovery from eating disorders. Ideally, we want a world of peaceful relationships with food, weight, and body image, where everyone with an eating disorder can experience recovery.

We’ll help your child and your family recognize and change destructive eating disorder behaviors and replace them with positive, lasting coping mechanisms that support a whole, joyful life.

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Residential Care For Adults

Residential Care for Adults

For many clients, healing begins with a safe, supportive, and homelike environment. The Anna Westin House for Adults in St. Paul, Minnesota, The Emily Program – Residential in Cleveland Heights, OH, The Emily Program – Residential in Seattle, WA and the Anna Westin House West in Minneapolis, Minnesota welcome adults of all genders who struggle with eating disorders.

Supportive care and a comprehensive approach

The structured and supportive care we offer combines the clinical expertise of our experienced staff with evidence-based therapies, incorporating psychological, nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and integrative interventions in a comprehensive approach.

Substance use disorder (chemical dependency), abuse history, or other mental health complications often add layers of complexity to eating disorder treatment. We know. Many of us have been there, too, and we’re ready to guide you on the recovery journey.

We’ll help you and your family recognize and change destructive eating disorder behaviors and replace them with positive, lasting coping mechanisms that support a whole, joyful life.

We’re here for the transition to everyday life

When you’re ready to transition out of our residential program, we’re still here for you every step of the way. You’ll have access to many of The Emily Program outpatient options, such as Intensive Outpatient or Intensive Day/Partial Hospitalization Programs and any of our lodging facilities; individual, group, and family therapy; psychiatry and medical services; and nutritional counseling. We also work with community professionals, including your physician and your local therapists and dietitians, to ensure appropriate aftercare.

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Residential

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24/7 Residential Care

Our residential treatment facilities are places of hope and healing. Here, clients 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.

Eating Disorder Recovery Is Possible

Recovery in a homelike environment that’s quiet and safe 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 education professionals work together to develop a personalized treatment plan for each client in our residential programs. Multidisciplinary evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) 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.

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The Emily Program is a founding member of the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium (REDC), an organization focused on improving residential treatment standards and increasing access to eating disorder care for those who are struggling.

Residential Frequently Asked Questions

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 for ages 10-21; a facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota Anna Westin House West for Young Adults and Adolescents for ages 16-26, a facility for adults in Cleveland Heights, Ohioa facility for adults in Seattle, Washington.

Do 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 WithAll. 

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.

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.

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 us at 1-888-364-5977.

Packing List for Adults and Adolescents – Download PDF

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