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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

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to EDRC of Los Gatos a few months ago in desperate need of help with my eating disorder. As a 62-year-old woman, I was finding it extremely difficult to find places that would treat women in my age group.

The staff at EDRC found a contact person at the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department who then referred me to Asian American Recovery Services in San Jose.

Two young members of staff there found a way for me to get treatment services at Cielo House in San Jose, which provides treatment for older women and is run by a marvelous treatment team.

After many months of searching, I am now able to get the treatment I need. The people at EDRC of Los Gatos are serious about helping older women to find the exact type of help they need for an eating disorder. I give them my absolutely highest recommendation.

Sonika Ozdoba

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Miranda E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started out volunteering for EDRC and spent a lot of time there. It was easy to see how dedicated and passionate the founder, Janice, and all of the other volunteers are. Janice really puts her heart and soul into helping everyone that comes into the EDRC. She is so helpful in giving resources and helping people find what they are looking for. She cares so much about everyone that walks through the door. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Janice and everyone involved with EDRC.

-Miranda

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been collaborating with EDRC in Los Gatos for the past several months as a student who wants to gain insight into mental illnesses such as eating disorders. I cannot thank EDRC enough for providing me with valuable information about and perspectives of eating disorders, such as effects, treatments, and parity. Janice and the staff members were wonderful; their hospitality, their passion for helping others, and their extensive knowledge were some of many qualities that inspired me. It was a privilege becoming acquainted with EDRC, and I hope to continue volunteering here for the months to come.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is the first time I referred a patient to EDRC though I got the flyers few years ago. Though they have limited manpower, they are very responsive. Janice and Sabrina responded very quick and contacted our patient for the services the patient needed. I have talked to my patient and I got the comments from this patient that they are knowledgeable and understood the patient's struggles that the patient said they are very helpful. I have sent the information to my co-workers and hopefully we have more patients who could get help from EDRC. Thanks. FF

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at EDRC for a school project and Janice Bremis is such an amazing consultant; she took the time, as well as the patience, to teach me what she does at the Eating Disorder Resource Center (EDRC), to give me tasks to help me develop a deeper understanding of what eating disorders are, and to share stories from others and their battle with this mental illness. Working with Janice and the EDRC staff members gave me a clearer picture of what eating disorders are. I always looked forward to coming into EDRC and helping out with office work. I am grateful to have such a great consultant who is willing to help answer any of my questions and who is working hard to spread awareness of eating disorders.

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Stephen W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to volunteer at EDRC for a year. Janice and the staff are truly wonderful. Their expertise and passion shines through in everything they do, making them exceptional leaders and mentors in the ED field. I found EDRC during my own struggle with anorexia and bulimia in college, and they provided the guidance and hope I needed to continue my recovery. I'm so thankful for the work they do, and it was a privilege to get to know and work alongside them this past year. Thank you everyone at EDRC!

Stephen Wassather

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BayBabyAk

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have to say, after 23 years of looking for support, Janice was the first of many from EDRC to reach out to
Me. They didn't just give advice and referrals, but they listened, shared, and just had a genuine understanding and love for helping. I have been through many dr' s and health care advocates during the decades of my illness, yet this was the first time I was genuinely heard and helped. My recovery is just starting, but EDRC can take credit as the push off point, they truly are the starting line to the race of my life! Thank you for giving me hope! #BeHereNow

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Janice from the Eating Disorders Resource Center did an amazing job of connecting the agency where I work with a spectacular speaker from Center for Discovery. Janice was very responsive, and Brianna and Deandra from Center for Discovery were incredibly knowledgable, welcoming, and generous. I would definitely recommend these resources for those in our community affected by eating disorders!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the EDRC for a school project, and Janice’s expertise in the field and guidance throughout this project has been a tremendous help; without her, I would not have gotten this far with my research. Despite her busy schedule, she makes time to answer my questions and provide me with wonderful experience and service opportunities that I would not have gotten anywhere else. She always has ideas on how we can all contribute and raise awareness about Eating Disorders. I am very grateful for Janice and all she has done for this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been fortunate to have the EDRC of Silicon Valley providing resources and advocacy for individuals living with eating disorders, and their families and loved ones, to improve their lives and return to their previous level of functioning. EDRCSV has been key in helping develop a training series for Santa Clara County, to improve knowledge of and evaluation for the wide range of eating disorders. This knowledge is crucial for mental health staff to be able to effectively deal with this serious set of conditions, which has the highest lethality rate of all major mental health disorders. We are fortunate to have EDRCSV as a valuable part of our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter was 17 ½, she was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and admitted to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program in Mountain View ,CA for 10 days. My husband and I had heard of anorexia but we had no idea of the severity of this illness. We were overwhelmed with the challenges and felt so lost. One of my husband’s friends at work recommended that we reach out to the Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC). I called and spoke to Janice Bremis, the founder of EDRC. I cannot express how helpful and supportive Janice was. She suggested we attend EDRC’s parent support group held at the El Camino hospital every other Saturday. Both my husband and I attended these meetings. It was extremely useful to meet other parents going through similar challenges. Janice also helped me find a great therapist and a nutritionist for my daughter. Janice emphasized how vital a treatment team of experts is for a full recovery. My daughter is making progress in her recovery. I cannot thank EDRC and Janice enough for the invaluable support and help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been struggling with Anorexia for several years. I first reached out to EDRC when we lost our therapist and after having spent days going through the Internet looking for providers in my area. Janice and Natalie from EDRC were the only ones who stepped in and followed through to help until we found someone.

They are extremely knowledgeable. Prior to speaking with them, I had never heard or known anything other than Family Based Outpatient Therapy treatment. There was a whole other world out there which I had no exposure to. Folks dealing with this illness well into their adult life -- Partial Hospitalization, Residential programs, programs my daughter would eventually resort to after our FBT young adolescent runway ran out.

Natalie has been very supportive every step of the way. Reaching out, sharing her knowledge and experience and giving me the confidence and encouragement to stay on this path.

Thanks to Nancy, we were able to identify health criteria that helped overturn the insurance company's earlier denial to extend coverage at the Residential Center (this was done through peer reviews between doctors at the provider and insurance). Nancy has also reached out and connected me with resources to help with writing appeals if required.

We're not out of the woods yet but this little extension is making a huge difference in my daughter's recovery. Thank you.


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Board Member

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the EDRC event featuring Dr. Linsey Utzinger from Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry. The presentation was excellent and of value to me in regards to my work in the field of mental health and eating disorders. The EDRC is a valuable resource in the community providing up to date, comprehensive information on a wide variety of subjects pertinent to the treatment of eating disorders and mental health.
I would highly recommend attending future presentations.
Jeannie Anderson, LAADC

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In partnership with Janice Bremis and Natalie Rangel from EDRC, 2017's first NAMI Santa Clara County General Meeting featured a presentation that was particularly relevant to the work of the Eating Disorders Resource Center. Dr. Linsey Utzinger, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine spoke to us about her work specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with eating disorders. Dr. Utzinger's talk covered disorders that commonly co-occur with anxiety disorders, including eating disorders.

Dr. Utzinger, with 10 years experience in her field, led us through such possible variables as genetics, environment, and life experiences, how to determine a diagnosis of anxiety disorder, OCD, eating disorders based on the latest DSM 5, and most importantly, the need for both a psychiatric and a medical assessment in order to get appropriate help for one's self or a family member along with what signs to look for. Dr. Utzinger also listed Cognitive Behavior Therapy and other therapies that are an important part of a treatment plan along with possible medication.

Dr. Utzinger's talk was informative and also straightforward in addressing the close links between anxiety disorders and eating disorders as well as the dangers of untreated eating disorders. As anxiety and eating disorders enter more and more into our conversations about mental illness, I am very glad I had an opportunity to attend this talk. And many thanks to Janice and Natalie at EDRC for partnering with NAMI in this and other activities.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a physician specializing in Eating Disorders, EDRC has been an invaluable resource for both my patients and myself. The organization does a phenomenal job of connecting clients/patients to professionals, educating the local community and improving access to care. I am also particularly impressed with their commitment to physician/clinician education.

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.

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