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Project HEAL Grant Application Process as of January 1st, 2017

Overview of the application process

Project HEAL funds inpatient, residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment for applicants suffering from an eating disorder who want to recover but cannot afford treatment. Applicants are asked to indicate their desired level of treatment, preferences for place of treatment, and why, directly on the application. Project HEAL does not fund past treatment stays, or education scholarships.

Project HEAL’s primary criteria for selecting grant recipients is motivation. We fund applicants who want to recover from their eating disorders, and are ready to do the hard work required. Because of the online format of this application, we rely heavily on the amount of effort that you put into your application, and on how compelling a case you make to us about desire to recover and willingness to work hard, to assess motivation. Additionally, we prioritize applicants who are likely to do well in treatment based upon research regarding the predictors of sustained recovery from eating disorders such as shorter length of illness, fewer past treatment stays, fewer comorbid conditions, and well thought out supports and motivators for after treatment (school, career, family support, future plans, etc). If you have had the illness for a longer time and multiple stays in treatment, you may still apply, but will need to strongly articulate why you want to get better now, why this time is different, and how you plan to tackle future challenges. Finally, financial need is taken into account. In the event that the clinical advisory board receives multiple applications from equally appropriate candidates for the treatment grant, a lottery system will be used. Please note that we receive many applications, and due to limited funding, are only able to fund a small fraction of those who apply.  We are unable to provide individual feedback on any applications.

In order to apply for a Project HEAL Treatment Grant, you must have answers to the following questions. Please consult your insurance company for information.

  • What is your insurance company and policy plan?
  • How do you have this coverage (i.e., through your employment, through your spouse or parent’s employment, through the Affordable Care Act, through private purchase?)
  • What is your annual out of pocket maximum?
  • Do you have a co-pay? If yes, what is it?
  • Do you have access to follow your claims online? (If so, please have the password/login information available)
  • Are there any in-network programs you are interested in?
  • Are there any particular exclusions or limitations in your policy or plan of which you are aware which affect your ability to get coverage for treatment for your eating disorder?
  • Do you have out of network benefits?
  • Are there any limits on your coverage (i.e. 30 visits in a calendar year)?
  • Do you have a co-insurance payment? If yes, what is it?
  • Does your policy go by a calendar year or benefit period?
  • Is there an amount you need to pay out of pocket before your benefits start?
  • If you have insurance, please be prepared to describe in detail why your insurance coverage is inadequate for your treatment needs.

Instructions for Completion of Scholarship Request Form

1. In order to be considered for the grant, the applicant must complete all questions on the application, and submit the application online. Our Clinical Advisory Board (CAB), a multidisciplinary group of experts who specialize in the treatment of eating disorders will review all applications for the quarter shortly after the application deadline. Financial awards are distributed on a semi-annual basis:

  • First Round: Applications received by April 15th will be considered for first round awards. Applicants will be notified by June 1st.
  • Second Round: Applications received by October 15th will be considered for second round awards. Applicants will be notified by December 1st.

2. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of submitting their application if they are being further considered for grant funding. If the applicant does meet our criteria for funding and FUNDS are available, more information will be collected (including information from appropriate members of your healthcare team, letters of recommendation from friends and family, medical and financial information. When necessary, some applicants will have a skype interview with a member of our Clinical Advisory Board

3. Once an award recipient has been selected, the Clinical Advisory Board will decide how much funding will be allocated toward the grant recipient’s treatment costs. Grant amounts will be based on available funds and potential cost of treatment. Funding will be released directly to the grant recipient’s patient account at the providing treatment facility, or to the treatment provider.

4. The Clinical Advisory Board will collect progress reports from inpatient and residential treatment facilities on a weekly basis, and from outpatient treatment providers on a monthly basis

Restrictions and Additional Guidelines

1.  Only those with medicare/medicaid are eligible to apply for residential treatment grants.

2.  Anyone can apply for IOP, PHP, and Outpatient grants.

3. If an applicant is not awarded a Project HEAL grant, the applicant may not reapply unless given specific approval from Project HEAL.

4. Due to overwhelming applicant demand and very limited staff, we are unable to speak with individual applicants over the phone. Our website is extremely comprehensive regarding our treatment grant, if there are questions regarding any of the items to be completed, please choose Grant Questions on our contact page.

5. For families of applicants under the age of 24: Project HEAL is currently collaborating with the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research to offer their Intensive Family Therapy (IFT) program to adolescents  and their families struggling with Anorexia Nervosa. The IFT program was designed to provide an immersion into Family Based Treatment, the gold standard of treatment for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. IFT is a week­long, multi­family program, involving 35­-40 hours of treatment (approximately 8 hours per day). For more information on the adolescent IFT program, please click here. If you are a family member of a loved one with an eating disorder, you can apply for this treatment grant here. We strongly encourage your child to also fill out a general Project HEAL grant application if you are applying for a UCSD grant.