Requesting an appointment
It is important to make an appointment with your primary care provider to discuss your child's situation and ask for a referral. Please ask your primary care physician to check your child's height, weight in a hospital gown, laying down heart rate, and electrolytes; this will help determine whether immediate hospitalization is necessary and the urgency of scheduling an appointment.
Our intake coordinator will then review your child’s clinical situation and assist with gathering the information necessary for an evaluation with the Eating Disorders team.
Many insurance policies cover medical and psychiatric treatment for individuals with eating disorders. Please consult your policy regarding the specific terms. A referral from your child's primary care provider is often necessary prior to initiating care at Children's Colorado. Limitations within individual policies may lead to expenses beyond insurance coverage. Financial counselors are available to assist families with questions in this area. Our intake and case management staff work with families regarding the complexities of insurance reimbursement and financial expectations for treatment.
Families from other states often seek care in the Eating Disorders Program. We'll help you find information about places to stay near Children's Hospital Colorado.
Donations and contributions
Many of the programs at Children's Colorado are made possible only through financial contributions from generous individuals. Donations to the Eating Disorders Program support books, activities and education for kids and families. Donations also provide support for research into factors that contribute to the development of eating disorders and novel approaches to treatment.
If you’d like to support the Eating Disorders Treatment Program and related research studies, please contact the Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation.