Treatment Access Program

80% of the 30 million Americans who suffer with eating disorders do not receive treatment.  We are on a mission to change that.

Project HEAL believes that everyone deserves the chance to fully recover from an eating disorder, regardless of income, insurance plan, race, age, education level, sex, or sexual orientation.When Project HEAL began, we focused aggressively, but narrowly, on awarding grants to ED sufferers who could not otherwise afford clinical treatment. To date, Project HEAL has funded over 100 recipients to receive comprehensive care at a cost of roughly $15,000 each. Thanks to the generosity of our HEALers circle, we’re able to treat to outcome, and working towards a day when we can help all of the hundreds of applicants who apply each year.

Over the years, though, we've recognized that scaling direct monetary aid is prohibitively expensive, and have begun working towards more systemic change. Since the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity act in 2008, eating disorder treatment is legally required to be covered by insurance, but there remains a huge gap in education and enforcement.  In 2018, to extend our reach and support all applicants, Project HEAL partnered with the Kennedy Forum to build a model mental health parity enforcement program. We are working to understand where current gaps in care are occurring, and to remedy these gaps through health insurance navigation, education, enforcement, appeals and robust partnerships.

Learn More and Apply

Project HEAL aims to help as many people as possible. Unfortunately, our resources are limited, and we can provide grants to only a fraction of our hundreds of deserving applicants.

To maximize our impact, we are currently accepting applications from U.S. residents who have health insurance coverage. This includes plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act marketplace; private health insurance through a parent, spouse or employer; Medicaid; Medicare; Tricare; and more.

If you do not have health insurance, you may qualify for an affordable plan.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO APPLY FOR A GRANT IF:

  • There are no eating disorder treatment providers in the plan’s network, and you cannot afford the self-pay rate of an out-of-network ED provider. (This applies to all levels of care.)

  • You cannot afford the deductible or copays required to access treatment.

  • You need help writing an appeal letter to your insurance company

Psst. Speaking of your health insurance company, would you like to anonymously snitch on them for denying you the treatment you need? Then fill out this super quick form. It tracks coverage denials for mental health services and will be used to inform policy makers about gaps in coverage. Do it.

*NOTE: Effective January 4, 2019, Project HEAL has made the difficult decision to disband all international operations, and will no longer be accepting applications from individuals outside the U.S.

*NOTE: Effective January 16, 2019, Project HEAL will be revising our grant application. Please check back in February to apply for a grant.

UC San Diego’s Intensive Family Treatment

Project HEAL is proud to partner with UC San Diego’s Intensive Family Treatment Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.