We are excited to announce that BANA has received $128, 800.00 new annualized funding from the LHIN. This money will provide a centralized intake position with a 1-800 number for Eating Disorders in Windsor- Essex as well as a Dietician. This supports our partnership and clinical collaboration with the WECHC. Stay tuned for the 1-800 # launch…
Special thanks to our guest presenters, Minister Teresa Piruzza, MPP Windsor West and Gary Switzer, CEO of the Erie St.Clair Local Health Integration Network.
Please find the official press release below
NEW PARTNERSHIP EXPANDS SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH EATING DISORDERS
There is good news for those locally who are suffering with an eating disorder, their family, and caregivers. A new partnership between the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) and Windsor Essex Community Health Centre (WE CHC) is helping to ensure that people can easily access eating disorder services. This new client-centered approach builds on the strengths and expertise of both the WE CHC and BANA to provide better health outcomes for adolescents and adults in the Windsor-Essex area. This is achieved through the creation of a customized care plan for each client.
Eating disorders are often a hidden illness kept secret from family and friends with symptoms only appearing after serious damage has occurred. For those in their early teenage years, there are alarming statistics showing that eating disorders are becoming increasingly common across Canada and at the same time, identifying its impact can result in a 25-year reduction of life span. Adding to this is the challenge that finding help is not always easy.
One of the biggest changes people will see is the creation of a new single 1-800 phone number. This number, which is currently being developed, will ensure that those looking for help will only need to call one number to be connected with the right provider. The 1-800 phone number will be available by the start of 2014,.
In the meantime, people ages 24 and older looking for help with an eating disorder may call BANA directly at 519-969-2112. For those under the age of 24 can call the WE CHC Teen Health Centre at 519-253-8481.
Funding to operate this single-point access phone number, along with funding to help with the cost of hiring a dietician and an intake coordinator, has been made available through the Erie St. Clair LHIN. BANA has received an annualized base funding increase of $128,800 and the WE CHC has received an annualized base funding increase of $71,200. The new funding is expected to help 300 to 400 adults, and 100 to 150 teens per year.
While this new partnership and expanded services won’t end the challenges of eating disorders, it does make it easier for those suffering with this illness, and their families, to find the right care.
“For people who have an eating disorder and need services, this is big step in the right direction. Having a single phone number that people may call to access help, just makes sense. I applaud this partnership and the system partners who worked together to make it happen.” – Gary Switzer, CEO, ESC LHIN
“We are thrilled to partner with WE CHC in order to create a centralized point of intake in Windsor-Essex. We are grateful to the ESC LHIN for their support and facilitation of this partnership. This collaboration will enhance system navigation thereby providing better clinical outcomes for adolescents and adults.” Luciana Rosu-Sieza, Interim Executive Director
“This is a very exciting time for WECHC and BANA. Both teams are working very closely with a common goal in mind; namely the streamlining and coordination of services that will improve access to care that is crucial for clients, their families and the community at large. This is an important step in our journey to provide the best possible care to this unique and complex group of clients.” – WE CHC Eating Disorder Team
“It is very exciting to see all the players working together on this initiative. Treatment of eating disorders is fraught with obstacles, but can be overcome with the support of passionate professionals collaborating on your behalf. I am optimistic that, if our community takes advantage of the new services being offered, we may never see another individual traveling to Arizona to find what they need.” – Natalie Packer, Pharmacist and Author of The Skinny on Being Skinny. Former patient of WE CHC and BANA
– In Canada, since 1987, hospitalizations for eating disorders in general hospitals have increased by 34% among adolescents females under the age of 15.
– In youth, eating disorders are the third most common chronic disease among adolescent females after asthma and obesity.
– The annual mortality rate of anorexia in adolescent females is 12 times that of the general population.
– The prevalence of eating disorders can have an impact on 1 to 3% of the female population. Research suggests that the actual incident rate is much higher.
– Anorexia is a chronic condition, and without intervention, mortality rates are highest amongst all other mental health conditions including Schizophrenia. From a cost perspective it is known that the treatment cost for one person with anorexia (during their life-time) can exceed the cost to treat one person with Schizophrenia.
– Read more about Erie St. Clair LHIN at www.eriestclairlhin.on.ca
– Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) website: www.bana.ca
– Windsor Essex Community Health Centre (WE CHC) website: www.wechc.org