Addressing and treating eating disorders is a critical component of mental health care. Many individuals across the country, particularly women, face the challenges of dealing with an eating disorder in their lifetime. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 0.5 percent to 3.7 percent of females have anorexia nervosa; approximately 1 percent of female adolescents have anorexia nervosa. Additionally, 1.1 percent to 4.2 percent of women have bulimia nervosa in their lifetime.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for funding to create a center of excellence for training on the treatment of eating disorders. The purpose of the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders grant program is to establish a national hub for developing and disseminating training and technical assistance for health care practitioners pertaining to eating disorders. The grantee will help identify model programs and will ensure that high-quality training is provided to health professionals.
SAMHSA plans to issue one grant of $750,000 per year for five years. The funding announcement opportunity for this grant is available here.