1. Where is MEDA?
MEDA is located in a renovated stone church building on the corner of Newtonville Ave and Walnut St. in Newtonville. The entrance to the building is on 449 Newtonville Ave. Our mailing address is 288 Walnut Street, Suite 130 Newtonville, MA 02460
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2. When is MEDA open?
MEDA is open Monday through Friday, 9-5pm. We can offer evening appointments. We hold Hope and Inspiration on the first Saturday of every month.
3. Is MEDA accessible?
Yes! MEDA is wheelchair accessible. We have restrooms right outside our office with a handicap stall. We provide chairs, couches and spaces that are aimed at providing comfort and ease to a wide variety of body shapes, sizes, and abilities. Our staff is English speaking only, but we can help you find non English speaking supports in the community if needed.
4. Can I come to MEDA if I am LGBT, non gender conforming, or agender?
Yes! MEDA welcomes all people regardless of gender or sexuality (and also regardless of age, ability, cultural or ethnic background, race, or socioeconomic status.) We provide a safe space where all people can feel cared for and accepted. We will be sensitive, compassionate and use whichever gender pronouns you like. We celebrate diversity!
5. Does MEDA accept insurance?
No. MEDA’s services are self pay. We strive to make our services affordable. If you are having difficulty affording MEDA’s services, call us or send us an email. We are happy to provide documentation that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
6. What can I expect during my assessment?
When you come for an assessment at MEDA you will be meeting with a MEDA clinician who specializes in the assessment of eating disorders. MEDA clinicians are trained Master’s level mental health professionals or advanced Master’s level or doctoral students. MEDA’s assessment is a bio-psycho-social exam, which means we are interested in you and your unique concerns. We will ask you questions about your mental health and medical history and answer any questions you may have. We will then make specialized recommendations for next steps for you- which may mean a list of eating disorder specialists in your area, recommendation to a treatment facility, or a variety of other suggestions that are tailored to your needs.
7. Will I be weighed?
No, although MEDA clinicians may inquire about your general medical and health history.
8. I have Medicare/Medicaid. What are some treatment options for me?
We recommend you browse our Preferred Treatment Provider listings, and also see this helpful document, listing facilities that accept Medicare/Medicaid.
9. Does MEDA offer financial assistance?
For individuals who are unemployed, full time students, receive SSDI benefits, or who have Mass Health/Medicare/Medicaid, MEDA can reduce fees. Our staff is open to assisting clients with payment options.
10. I need residential treatment, but can’t afford it and don’t have health insurance. Does MEDA offer scholarships?
No, MEDA does not offer scholarships. Please see Andrea’s Voice or the options below:
The Columbia Center for Eating Disorders (located at on the Columbia University Medical Center campus at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in NYC) offers treatment at no cost for individuals who are interested in or eligible for current research studies. Please contact the clinic at 646-774-8066 to speak to a research assistant about the different treatment options and research studies.
Kristen Haglund Foundation: Offers grants to individuals in financial need for treatment of eating disorders.
Manna Scholarship Fund: Foundation offering scholarship funds for eating disorder treatment.
MentorConnect: The first Global EDs mentoring community where those who are recovered mentor those who are still in the healing process.
Moonshadow’s Spirit: Offers financial assistance to individuals who are seeking inpatient or partial hospitalization eating disorder programs.
Project HEAL: A non-profit created by three young women intended to offer support for those who want to heal from their eating disorders. Scholarship applications for treatment are available
The Gail R. Schoenbach Foundation for Recovery and Elimination of Eating Disorders
The Jennifer Mathiason Fund
11. I’ve never been to a support group. What is it like?
MEDA’s groups are a safe and confidential space to get support from others who can relate to the struggle of the eating disorder, as well as guidance from mental health professionals and those who have fully recovered. We use activities, themes, and open processing to help group members create positive change in their lives. The connection and support between the members is where truly meaningful change happens.
11a. But won’t being in a group with other people with eating disorders make my eating disorder “worse?”
Not in our experience. We meet with every potential group member to ensure that the group is the right level of support for them. We also have firm guidelines to ensure group safety and appropriate language and behavior. The groups are led by mental health professionals and volunteers who are highly trained and supervised.