Eating Disorders Inpatient

Comprehensive Care Program

The Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) is a 15-bed inpatient unit located at El Camino Hospital, one of our partners in the community. The program uses a multidisciplinary approach to treating eating disorders and is part of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program.

Eating Disorder Inpatient Admissions and Treatment

Patients admitted to this unit are adolescents who are medically compromised as a result of their eating disorder. Admission is designed to:

  • Treat medical disorders resulting from abnormal eating that may affect a patient’s heart, bones, liver, kidney, brain, reproductive system or other organs
  • Prevent long-term and life threatening complications
  • Evaluate and treat psychiatric disorders that often accompany eating disorders, such as:
    • Depression
    • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • Anxiety

Inpatient treatments include:

  • Diagnostic evaluation (both medical and psychiatric)
  • Medical management to prevent or detect complications
  • Nutritional assessment and management
  • Growth and development evaluation
  • Assessment and management of osteopenia and osteoporosis
  • Psychiatric medication evaluation and monitoring
  • Individual therapy
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy
    • Interpersonal therapy
    • Psychodynamic therapy
    • Family-based therapy
  • Coordination with the patient’s school
  • Group and environment (milieu) treatment

The length of stay in the inpatient program is determined by the degree of medical instability. Upon discharge, the team works with the family to determine an appropriate aftercare plan. Treatment may continue at our eating disorders outpatient services program.