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May 9, 2024

Staff Spotlight, Kimberly Kinsey

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Kimberly Kinsey (she/her). I am an Admissions Coordinator for Veritas Collaborative’s eating disorder treatment centers and have been with Accanto Health (the parent company of Veritas and The Emily Program) for about two years. I started my career as a therapist and have worked in a variety of settings over the past 30 years.

April 18, 2024

Staff Spotlight, Parkavi Chellappa

Tell us about yourself!

I am Parkavi Chellappa (she/her), MD, the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services in North Carolina. I have been with Veritas for almost seven years.

How does a collaborative approach to eating disorder treatment benefit patients?

Eating disorders are usually sneaky and try to find loopholes to get away with behaviors, even when the patient genuinely wants to get better. This eating disorder characteristic can often get in the way of a patient’s recovery. By having all the disciplines providing care to a patient under one roof, working toward the same goals collaboratively, we can plug those holes and support the patient better. We can also pool resources to make support available to patients and their families multiple times during the day and over the course of treatment, which is more than humanly possible for a provider from any one discipline working alone.

Collaborative care ensures timely detection of eating disorder complications and side effects, which can then be addressed quickly. It also helps the clinicians treating the patients, as they can get updates from other disciplines to help modify or dictate their own next steps in the patient’s care.

January 11, 2024

Accanto Health Appoints Dr. Tom Britton as Chief Executive Officer

Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program, Veritas Collaborative, and Gather Behavioral Health, is excited to introduce Dr. Tom Britton as its new Chief Executive Officer.

A seasoned healthcare leader with over 30 years in the behavioral health sector, Dr. Britton brings a wealth of expertise and a deep-seated desire to help individuals find their way to a life of recovery. In this new role, Dr. Britton will oversee ongoing efforts to enrich our evidence-based services, expand our program offerings, and solidify our reputation as preeminent providers within the field of eating disorder specialty care.

October 25, 2023

The Power of Group Therapy in PHP/IOP Treatment

Living with an eating disorder is often an isolating experience. The constant battle with intrusive thoughts, maladaptive behaviors, and overwhelming emotions can make people feel trapped within their own minds, detached from the world around them.

The path to healing lies in reaching out and nurturing meaningful connections with others. At Veritas, we use a multidisciplinary approach, combining the expertise of professionals from various fields to address the physical, psychological, and emotional aspects of the disorder. In addition to individual sessions with medical providers, dietitians, psychiatric providers, and therapists, group therapy is a pillar of our treatment. It is incorporated across our continuum of care levels, including our partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs.

Read on to learn the power of group therapy in Veritas Collaborative’s PHP and IOP programs.

September 18, 2023

Triangle Outpatient Center Now Open in Durham, North Carolina

We are pleased to share that Veritas Collaborative’s Triangle Outpatient Center in Durham, North Carolina, has opened its doors! At this new facility, children, adolescents, and adults of all genders can access our individualized, best-practice outpatient eating disorder services in a warm and inclusive environment.

May 17, 2023

The Role of Nutrition in Eating Disorder Treatment

Veritas Collaborative’s patients generally enter eating disorder treatment mired in food rules and rituals. Their mindsets around food tend to follow a pattern of dichotomous extremes. Types of food and eating behaviors are labeled either “good” or “bad.” Food consumption might alternate between periods of total restriction and severe overconsumption. One might hyperfocus on food when eating or disconnect entirely. Often, the “perfect conditions” must be met to eat, with rigidity around the location, specific foods or food groups, and other people present while eating. Eating can feel like a test that one passes or fails. Disordered eating and eating disorders weaken the mind-body connection, elevating the power of these intense cognitive distortions as the mind takes over as a micromanager of the body’s needs.

April 28, 2023

Why You Should Start Screening Your Patients for Binge Eating

The importance of identifying binge eating early

Binge eating disorder (BED) is a serious mental health condition marked by recurrent episodes of consuming a large amount of food in a short period of time, often accompanied by feelings of distress, guilt, and lack of control. If left untreated, BED can lead to significant physical and mental health issues. 

As a healthcare provider, it’s important to screen for binge eating in your patients to identify and treat the disorder early. Here are some steps you can take to screen for binge eating:

April 7, 2023

Navigating Resistance: How to Support Families Who Want to Postpone Eating Disorder Treatment

“My patient received a recommendation for a higher level of eating disorder care, but their family wants to hold off until a ‘better time.’ How do I help them understand the risks of waiting?”

Eating disorder clinicians frequently face the challenge of resistance to care. This resistance stems from various factors, such as a fear of the unknown, difficulty acknowledging the severity of the illness, and ambivalence toward the recovery process. The prospect of interrupting life for treatment often only adds to the anxiety.

March 24, 2023

Accanto Health’s Statement of Support for the Transgender Community

We at Accanto Health are deeply concerned by the bills being introduced in state houses across the country that single out LGBTQ+ individuals – many specifically targeting transgender youth – for exclusion or differential treatment. The ACLU is currently tracking 420 anti-LGBTQ+ bills in the U.S. These laws are aimed to limit access to medical care for transgender people, parental rights, social and family services, student sports, or access to public facilities such as restrooms, and unnecessarily single out already marginalized groups for additional disadvantage. 

As an inclusive healthcare organization, we strongly believe in every individual’s right to access high-quality care. Emerging data show transgender individuals are at particularly increased risk for eating disordered behaviors. We believe that exclusionary legislation, barriers to care, and societal ostracization is harmful and unjust and will only cause these trends to increase. We are saddened by lawmakers’ refusal to listen to best practices set by the American Psychological Association and American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as many others. We at Accanto stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community and strive to create eating disorder treatment centers that are safe for all, where all are treated with dignity and respect. 

March 23, 2023

What Are the Levels of Eating Disorder Treatment?

At Veritas Collaborative, we provide the highest standard of care across a continuum of treatment levels. We recognize that each patient comes to us with a unique set of treatment needs based on their current medical status, the amount of structure necessary to decrease their eating disorder behaviors, and their motivation for recovery, among other factors. To create a treatment plan just for them, we consider these factors, as well as individual circumstances and clinical judgment, to ensure each patient receives the treatment that’s right for them. The right level of care at the right time provides a solid foundation for long-lasting recovery.

January 5, 2023

Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment at Veritas Collaborative

Veritas Collaborative’s virtual intensive treatment brings our individualized, evidence-based eating disorder services directly to you. We offer the same quality care online as we do in person, ensuring you have the structure and support you need for lasting recovery.

What is Virtual Care?

In our virtual treatment programs, you will connect with your professional multidisciplinary care team and peers in a secure online environment. You will typically spend a minimum of 30 hours per week in virtual PHP and a minimum of 12 hours in virtual IOP, as in traditional in-person programming. Your program schedule will include components such as individual, group, and family therapy, therapeutic meal support, nutritional counseling, psychiatry sessions, and medical appointments, as appropriate. (A sample schedule is available here.) 

September 15, 2022

Veritas Partners with Project HEAL to Increase Access to Eating Disorder Treatment in Georgia

Veritas Collaborative’s new partnership with Project HEAL was announced at Accanto Health’s 2022 Symposium in Atlanta, GA. Pictured from left to right: Jillian Lampert, Accanto Health Vice President of Communications and Brand; Rebecca Eyre, Project HEAL CEO; Dave Willcutts, Accanto Health CEO; Liz McCabe, Accanto Health Chief Clinical Officer

We’re excited to share that we’ve partnered with Project HEAL to help increase access to care for individuals currently underrepresented in eating disorder treatment—particularly those who are low-income, underinsured, or marginalized. 

Our charitable care efforts have historically focused on individuals whose insurance prematurely cuts off during a treatment stay. This partnership allows us to expand these efforts to provide charitable care to individuals who are otherwise unable to admit to care due to prohibitive insurance, financial, and systemic barriers.

As part of this partnership, Veritas will provide free residential treatment to at least 12 Project HEAL beneficiaries per year who are low-income or facing extenuating financial circumstances, experiencing medical or social discrimination related to their identity or appearance, or don’t currently have quality eating disorder treatment options through an insurance provider.

July 18, 2022

Lodging Opens in Durham

Veritas Collaborative now provides lodging for adult patients (18+) of all genders in Durham, North Carolina! Lodging is currently available to those in our partial hospitalization program (PHP) who do not live near our Durham Adult Center. The comfortable, safe space is just minutes from this treatment location, making it easy to go back and forth for care. 

Veritas lodging provides patients a homelike place to stay in a safe neighborhood with lots of shopping and restaurants nearby, as well as public transportation to get there. The non-therapeutic, peer-supported setting offers patients an opportunity to put what they’ve learned in formal treatment into real-life practice.

April 28, 2022

Introducing our Integrated Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Council

As Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program continue to integrate under our parent company Accanto Health, we are so excited to now have a common Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Council. The EDI Council has been shaping our shared policies, procedures, and culture since our brands merged, and we feel it is time to introduce ourselves. The common questions and answers below provide an overview of the Council, its members, and its initiatives.

What is an EDI Council?

An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Council is a group of staff from different levels and departments of an organization who represent varied personal and collective identities. EDI Councils typically work to advance the rights of marginalized folks within an organization, as well as those the organization serves. They also catalyze advocacy and spaces for reflection in response to local, national, and global events that challenge social justice or the rights of vulnerable populations.

April 1, 2019

Episode 6: Let’s Talk Nutrition!

Episode description:

Dietitian Bailey Weirens joins Peace Meal to discuss the truth behind nutrition and healthy eating. Bailey discusses the importance of calories, why macro and micronutrients are important, and what recovery meal plans are. By advocating for an anti-diet approach to nutrition and promoting body acceptance, Bailey enlightens listeners on the importance of listening to our bodies in order to sustain long-term health and wellbeing.