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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is considered for admission to Selah House?

Selah House provides free evaluations over the phone.  We do recommend a full assessment before entering any program, which includes an evaluation of labs and EKG to provide each person individual consideration based on her circumstances and medical state. If a primary diagnosis is not an eating disorder, Selah House will make appropriate referrals.

What are the cost of the program at Selah House?

Selah House provides a thorough benefit analysis to understand insurance coverage.  Our financial team diligently works on patient’s behalf to create a clear individualized financial strategy prior to admission.

What types of services does Selah House provide during treatment?

A variety of modern treatment modalities are incorporated into the treatment of eating disorders and co-morbid diagnoses. Treatment modalities include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), experiential therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, art therapy, body image therapy, equine assisted curriculum, family education, intensive family days, nutritional education, therapeutic challenges, and medication management. Our therapeutic framework has a Christian-based focus.

Does the Selah House program provide 24-hour medical supervision and care?

Yes. Our Medical Director or a Nurse Practitioner is on-call 24-hours-a-day and on site during the week to provide direct care.  There is 24-hours-a-day medical care by Registered Nurses with Recovery Care Specialists providing 24-hours-a-day monitoring of the clients. Our client to staff ratios are always very low, but may vary depending on the time of day, activity, and acuity level, and needs of each client.

What is the nutritional approach at Selah House? Is tube feeding used for weight restoration?

The nutritional approach at Selah House is based on the premise that ALL FOODS CAN FIT. No food is labeled good or bad, but all are acceptable in a nutritionally-sound meal plan that includes balance and variety. Selah House facilitates supportive and supervised group meals in a “real life,” family-style setting around the table, teaching habits of fun, fellowship, and intuitive eating. Nutrient intake is individualized to each client’s needs and delivered through “normal” foods as much as possible. Tube feeding may be used in extremely rare instances when a client cannot consume regular meals or supplements. Clients have twice weekly nutritional appointments, education, and counseling with a registered dietitian.

How does spirituality play a role in care and treatment at Selah House? What does it mean that Selah House is a “Christian-based” treatment center?

Selah House treatment is grounded on the belief that one’s faith is a central force in their healing process. Selah House’s Mission Statement is, “Just as Christ first loved us, Selah House actively serves the needs of those who battle eating disorders, their families, and those committed to their care.” A chaplain is available to meet with clients to discuss issues of a spiritual nature, and a community chapel is scheduled weekly, along with other spiritual reflection opportunities and a faith-based group called Selah Group. Although our treatment is Christian-based, clients from a variety of faiths and backgrounds have been through our Selah House Adult and Adolescent programs and have felt respected and comfortable while participating in the program. Selah House does respect those who do not wish to make faith/religion/spirituality/Christianity a part of their treatment process. This can be discussed with and Intake Coordinator and the Primary Therapist. Our highest priority is to provide an environment for healing that is judgment-free, full of grace, and where we meet clients where they are.

How does family play a role in eating disorder treatment?

Selah House considers the family to be a critical component of the healing process for the client. Working with the family of our patients is vital to recovery from an eating disorder; therefore, Selah House puts a great emphasis on family therapy throughout treatment. Family involvement includes electronic or phone therapy sessions each week, facilitated by the client’s family therapist. Additionally, Selah provides Intensive Family Therapy Days during treatment usually 1-2 days about halfway through treatment to allow families to come to the center and work intensively with their loved one on the underlying issues of her eating disorder. This time is facilitated by one of our family therapists. Each family is assigned a family therapist at admission who works with them throughout programming.

What is the visitation and phone policy at Selah House?

In order to maintain HIPAA compliance, all visitation and phone calls require appropriate authorization through a release of information, also known as an ROI.  The patient must complete an ROI for each loved that they want to stay connected to through phone calls, visits, and passes during treatment. Visitation, passes, and phone calls must be approved by the client’s primary and/or family therapist(s) in advance, and deemed not harmful to the client’s recovery and treatment.

Visitation is each Saturday and Sunday. Clients may use the phone each evening and on weekends (as per the program schedule) to call family. As an exception for clients with family that are unable to visit or patients that are mothers with young children, Selah House can offer some video conferencing to maintain connection with loved ones during treatment.

What are the first steps towards admission?

Our Intake Coordinator will facilitate all admission inquiries and remain the contact for the client and her family up to the day of admission. Intake Coordinators will need to collect some initial information, and can provide more detailed information about the program. Next, a confidential eating disorder (assessment) will be scheduled. A thorough assessment can provide a good picture of what level of care is best for the severity of the eating disorder. After a client admits to Selah House, the client’s Primary Therapist will become the main contact.

What are the admission days and times?

Admissions are scheduled generally four days a week (Monday-Thursday). Selah House admissions normally begin at 9am.

What are the holidays like at Selah House?

For major holidays and most minor holidays, unique program schedules are created to offer patients extra opportunities for passes and visitation. Holidays at Selah House include a very home-like and family oriented experience. Clients and staff join together to decorate the house and to do festive activities or Selah traditions together. Our dedicated staff invests great energy and care into making the holidays a special time for clients while they are away from their loved ones.

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