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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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.


Review from Guidestar

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