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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: Raise awareness of eating disorders through presentations to physician,educator and community groups. Promote recovery by providing resources for education, treatment and monthly support groups. Participate in local,state and national advocacy efforts to support mental health parity, eating disorder legislation, and effective insurance coverage.

Programs: Train physicians and health care professionals on how to recognize eating disorders; promote recovery among individuals who attended our monthly support group meetings; responses to requests for help via email, phone and website.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with anorexia in July 2015. After initially trying an out-patient program it became very clear quickly that she needed a residential program to help her get on the right track to recovery. We collaborated with her care team which included medical doctors, psychiatrists and therapists in making this decision. When she went to the residential treatment facility our insurance company, Blue Shield of CA, denied her stay as "not medically necessary" despite all the treating physicians and therapists being on the same page about her need for the treatment she was receiving at the RTC.
I turned to EDRC for help in fighting Blue Shield and not letting them get away with their denials of treatment. Janet Bremis at EDRC provided me with some very good information and support during my time of need. We were new to understanding about eating disorders and did not yet understand the fact that mental health parity is not followed by insurance companies in our state and country (although it's the law). EDRC and Janet gave me some names of people to contact for assistance with our case and also some resources for future treatment centers for my daughter. There are so few resources for families who are dealing with a family member who has an eating disorder...EDRC is the only one of its kind in the entire SF Bay Area that I know of. I am so grateful that EDRC was there to call for assistance!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Eating Disorder Resource Center staff has always been there for me, providing essential information. I am the mother of an adult child diagnosed with an eating disorder and a second mental health concern. Navigating the ups and downs of the various HMOs we have had, as well as the mental health system, proved to be a daunting challenge. EDRC was there with empathy, hope, and suggestions of practical steps I could take to ensure that our health insurance approved and paid for the needed level of treatment. In addition, EDRC has provided suggestions as to how to research therapists, psychiatrists, and residential/partial treatment centers that are a good “fit" for someone with an eating disorder. My inquires are always met with compassion and sound advice. Keep up the great work EDRC !

— a grateful mother

Review from Guidestar

Jennifer616

Client Served

Rating: 5

I dropped by the EDRC because I have a daughter with anorexia and I was looking for information and support. I met Janice Bremis and Natalie. Even though, it was late afternoon on a Friday, and they were busy working on a news release, they sat down with me for an hour and and heard my story. I needed to know more about treatment options and they were very knowledgeable about facilities in the Bay Area. Also, Janice reached out to the Healthy Teen Project on my behave. Thanks to Janice's assistance, my daughter will be able to attend the Healthy Teen Project (which is a partial hospitalization program and the next logical and appropriate step for my daughters treatment), instead of going to Kiaser's eating disorder outpatient clinic which was the original plan. The EDIOP would not have given all the support my daughter needs at this time. If you have an eating disorder, or know someone who does, I would encourage you to visit the EDRC. Janice and Natalie are very knowledgeable and are wonderful, caring folks.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

EDRC has been an absolute God send to our family. While each person I spoke with at the Center was knowledgeable and supportive, my main contact has been with Janice. Janice is knowledgeable, patient, professional yet compassionate. She has been a wealth of knowledge for us and has helped guide us through a very difficult journey for our family. I truly do not have the words to express my gratitude for all the support we have received from EDRC and specifically Janice.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Janice Bremis has been instrumental in helping me to understand the laws, State Medi-Cal mandates, Counties to cover Higher levels of care for Eating Disorders. She also let me know about a scholarship offered for Adolescent Residential ED Treatment which I applied to & was able to send my granddaughter, listened & offered emotional support to me as a caregiver to my granddaughter suffering from Anorexia. She tirelessly sends me information connecting me with knowledgeable people & other Residential Programs that may help, when my granddaughter was discharged to early due to insurance.
Janis has been my totem pole in this dense forest of eating disorder, without which I would have been lost.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a 16 year old niece who has been ill for 3 years in Austraia and is not getting better. I was referred to Janice Bremis, the founder of GuideStar, through a colleague and what a gift this has been. Janice has been just fantastic. She has been super responsive and has a wealth of knowledge as well as an outstanding network of professionals to draw on. Janice has referred me to various professionals in GuideStar's network who have all responsive, caring and knowledgeable. They have provided various helpful suggestions which I have followed through on. Janice has also personally spent time with me on the phone describing her own situation and providing me with invaluable insight. GuideStar is an absolutely first rate non-profit company with international connections, not just US domestic and I would strongly recommend anyone who has an eating disorder themselves, or has a loved one with an eating disorder, utilize the services provided here.

Review from Guidestar

Ann_107

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a psychotherapist and I called seeking info for a client. EDRC's response to my call was swift and thorough. They handled my clients needs with care and helped us feel more able to navigate the system to get help. It's rare to experience a non-profit with such a quick response time, that feels so compassionate and happy to help.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

By the time I was directed to the EDRC to help resolve a family eating disorder issue, Ms. Bremis' reputation had already preceded her. I'd heard about the strong portfolio of resources that they offered, as well as how positive and effective they were.

When I did go there in person I was offered all sorts of great materials, contacts and advice that proved to be vital in the treatment and recovery process. However, what stood out for me was the very insightful and personal connection EDRC makes with the "client". It made not only a big difference but left a lasting impression that I will continue to share with others in need.

My best wishes, deepest gratitude and desire to continue supporting the center!
Laurence K.

Review from Guidestar

1 Sascha M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about how much the erdc has helped and enriched my life. As a young woman who has struggled with some form of an eating disorder for more than half my life and have never had the courage to seek professional help, this place/organization opend so many doors to healing for me. I took a chance and went to a group meeting one Wednesday night a handful of months ago and I am happy to report that things are beginning to really change for me! I truly look forward to the meetings each month. I am so appretiative for the welcoming, safe, and supportive environment and staff they have. They even have a library of great self help books to borrow from which is great for those that want to continue therapy at home! They are a wealth of information on all facets of eating disorders. I don't know where I would be right now had this valuable resource not been available to me. I am truly grateful for the erdc!! If you are even considering getting help, take a step towards self love and check them out. You and they are worth it!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

EDRC sent volunteers to help educate out staff about eating disorders. They were extremely kind, equipped & helpful! I plan on having them back some time soon!

-Spencer Kilgore-
-South Bay Teen Challenge - San Jose CA-

Review from Guidestar