Addiction Resource Guide

Johns Hopkins Hospital - Eating Disorders Program
Acute Care Hospital with Eating Disorders Program

The Program
"In Its Own Words"


Self Description:

"Our Program follows a group therapy approach facilitated by a multidisciplinary treatment team of physicians, nurses, social workers and occupational therapists treating primarily anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and atypical or other eating disorders. Treatment follows a behavioral protocol focused on normalizing eating behavior and on weight restoration for underweight patients."

Treatment Philosophy:

"Eating disorders are behavioral disorders usually characterized by a fear of fatness that motivates dieting and sometimes subsequent bingeing behaviors. Treatment is aimed at interrupting this cycle and correcting sustaining irrational beliefs."

Family Program:

"Family members are taught what the patient learns via family therapy, family groups and hands-on meal participation."

Position On 12 Step Involvement:

"Patients with comorbid diagnoses of alcoholism or drug addictions are encouraged to attend AA and NA respectively. Our protocol is not a 12 Step program."

Position On Approach to Compulsive Overeating vs. Anorexia/Bulimia:

"All patients follow a protocol, individually tailored depending on their diagnosis, focuses on 3 meals a day from 5 food groups and includes monitoring of meals and education on normalizing eating behavior."

Additional Characteristics:

"The Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program is an integrated inpatient and partial hospitalization program. Most patients are initially admitted to inpatient and then transitioned to the partial program as soon as they are clinically stable to do so. While in the partial program they initially attend 12 hours/day, 7 days/week and their schedule is tapered as they progress through the program. Low cost accommodation is available to out of town patients."


    Number of Beds: 7
    Population Served: Patients must meet DSM-IV criteria for an eating disorder. They must be assessed as appropriate for the Program and likely to benefit from treatment.

  • Last Year's Admissions:

    Total Annual Admits: 119
    Adolescents: 20%
    Adults: 80%
    Average Length of Stay 15 days
    Percent of Women 90%
    Percent under age 25 75-80%
    Percent with College Education: over 65%
    Percent Covered by Public assistance 0%
    Receiving some form of psychiatric medication: 80%

  • Admissions Procedures:

    Night Admission Available: Yes
    Weekend Admission available: Yes
    Face to Face Interview or exam required before admission: No


Self-pay Cost: Contact Ann Fuller (410) 502-5467
Public Assistance coverage may be accepted: Yes
Medicare Coverage accepted: Yes
Insurance Coverage verified before admission: Yes
Follow-up Care included at no additional charge: No


Licensed by: State of Maryland
Type of License: Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene; Office of Licensing & Certification Programs
Accredited by: JCAHO

Contact Information:

Admissions Telephone Number: (410) 502-5467
General Information: (410) 955-3863
Address: 600 N. Wolfe St., Meyer 101
Baltimore, MD 21287-7101