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Recovery Night
National Lobby Day
Yoga and Body Image Research
Seattle's New Services
Recovery Night


May 2011 

In May we will hold a Special Engagement of Recovery Night on Sunday, May 22nd from 4:00pm-5:30pm. Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, LMFT, Director of Monte Nido Treatment Centers and author of Your Dieting Daughter, The Eating Disorder Sourcebook, and 100 questions and Answer About Eating Disorders will share her recovery story.

Date: May 22, 2011
Time: 4 - 5:30pm
Location: Luther Seminary, 1501 Fulham Street, Northwestern Hall Auditorium, St. Paul, MN 55108.

Sponsored by The Emily Program Foundation.   


Advocacy Action Alert


The reduction in the amount of cuts to the mental health system that the senate had proposed and the saving of the school-linked mental health grants is a direct result of the advocacy that has been done by The Emily Program community over the last several weeks. Your calls and letters have made a difference. But our work is not done.  

Legislative Update:


The Health and Human Services Conference Committee reached an agreement that cuts mental health grants by over $20 million. This is less than the Senate proposed but far more than the House which had spared these grants from any cuts. In summary the bill makes the following cuts over the next two years:

  • Reduces adult mental health grants by $13.54 million (10%)
  • Reduces culturally specific services grants by $300,000 (50%)
  • Reduces adult mental health crisis grants by $750,000 (50%)
  • Reduces grants for adult psychiatric hospital contract beds by $1.33 million (25%)
  • Reduces children's mental health screening grants by $3.81 million (50%)
  • Reduces children's mental health evidence-based practices grant by $750,000 (50%)
  • Reduces culturally competency provider mental health grants by $300,000 (50%)
  • Reduces State Operated Services by $5.38 million


The agreement also reduces the Children and Community Services grant by $22 million. 16% of this grant goes to children's mental health and 6% is for adult mental health.


On a more positive note, the advocacy efforts of NAMI and MHLN (including the Emily Program Foundation), helped prevent cuts to school-linked mental health grants. In addition, we were able to get language in the final bill that requires that any insurance plans purchased through the MinnesotaCare plan must provide coverage for mental health and chemical dependency.  The bad news: a bill to change MNCare has passed both the Senate and the House and there are grave concerns about the impact this bill will have on low income people. Senator Linda Berglin was very critical saying it would result in a 60% reduction in benefits for people affected.  For a complete update please go to NAMI Minnesota.


We need to continue to have a voice and urge Governor Dayton to stay strong and veto the Health and Human Services Omnibus Budget Bill. Please take a few minutes out of your day today and make the call asking the Governor to not buckle to pressure and preserve mental health services in Minnesota.


Yoga and Body Image Research
The Emily Program and The University of Minnesota are joining forces for a Yoga and Body Image Research Study.

If you like yoga or are working on your body acceptance, awareness and image, consider participating in the 8-week Yoga & Body Image Group and this study!
Your participation may help us better understand the relationship between yoga practice and body image, body
acceptance, and body awareness.

Participants will attend Yoga and Body Image group and complete some brief questionnaires at the beginning and end of the 8-week session.  

If you are interested in more information or in participating click here, or call Lisa Diers, yoga instructor, at 651. 645. 5323 ext 1140 for more information.


Seattle is Offering More Services

The Emily Program continues to establish itself in the eating disorder community in Seattle.  This past weekend The Emily Program had the privilege of participating in the National Eating Disorder Association's annual walk which raises awareness about eating disorders and related issues.  The walk was a great success.  To read more, click here.  The Emily Program is also continuing to offer more services to the area.  Our first Day Intensive Outpatient Program is set to start May 23rd. 

Our Seattle services include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family-based therapy
  • Intensive outpatient program  
  • Nutritional evaluation and counseling
  • Family and couples therapy
  • Eating disorders education for professionals and communities
Continue to watch for more updates on what is being offered in Seattle.  For more information call 1.888.Emily77.


The Emily Program currently provides eating disorder treatment at multiple MN locations and Seattle, WA  and residential treatment at the Anna Westin House in St. Paul.


The Emily Program Foundation is a non-profit 501©(3) organization dedicated to eliminating eating disorders through community support, advocacy, research, and education.







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