Where is MEDA?
MEDA is located in a renovated stone church building on the corner of Newtonville Avenue and Walnut Street in Newton. The entrance to the building is at 449 Newtonville Ave. Our mailing address is 288 Walnut Street, Suite 130, Newton, MA 02460.
Is Parking Available?
Free 2 hour parking is available on Newtonville Avenue. Metered parking is on Walnut Street and in the metered parking lot located off of Austin Street. Please do not park in parking lot across from MEDA’s offices off of Newtonville Avenue or the Star Market parking lot, you may get towed.
Is MEDA Near Public Transportation?
Yes, we are located at the Newtonville stop on the Commuter Rail and Buses 59, 553, 554, and 556 stop nearby. Please visit mbta.com .
When is MEDA Open?
MEDA is open Monday through Friday, 9-5pm. We can offer evening appointments. We hold Hope and Inspiration typically on the first Saturday of the month.
Is MEDA Accessible?
Yes! MEDA is wheelchair accessible. Accessible restrooms are right outside our office. We have chairs, couches and spaces that provide comfort and ease to a wide variety of body shapes, sizes, and abilities. Our staff is English speaking, but we can help you find non English speaking supports in the community.
Can I Come to MEDA if I am LGBTQ, Non-Gender Conforming, or Agender?
Yes! MEDA welcomes people regardless of gender or sexuality (and regardless of age, ability, cultural or ethnic background, race, or socioeconomic status.) We provide a safe space where all people feel cared for and accepted. We are sensitive, compassionate and use whichever gender pronouns you like. We celebrate diversity!
Does MEDA Accept Insurance?
No, MEDA’s services are self-pay. We strive to keep our services affordable. We are happy to provide documentation that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Does MEDA Offer Financial Assistance?
For individuals who are unemployed, full time students, receive SSDI benefits, or who have Mass Health/Medicare/Medicaid, we can reduce fees. Our staff is happy to assist clients with payment options.
What Can I Expect During My Assessment?
When you come for an assessment at MEDA you will meet with a clinician who specializes in the assessment of eating disorders. Our 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, medical history and answer any questions that you may have. We will make specialized recommendations for next steps – which may mean a list of eating disorder specialists in your area, recommendations for treatment facilities, or a variety of other suggestions that are tailored to your needs.
Will I Be Weighed?
No, although MEDA clinicians may inquire about your general medical and health history.
I have Medicare/Medicaid. What are Some Treatment Options for Me?
I Need Residential Treatment, but Can’t Afford it and Don’t Have Health Insurance. Does MEDA Offer Financial Assistance?
No, MEDA does not offer financial assistance. Please see the below list for organizations that provide financial assistance or low cost treatment options:
- Avalon Hills Foundation: Foundation provides grants for different levels of eating disorder treatment care.
- The Columbia Center for Eating Disorders: offers treatment at no cost for individuals who are interested in or eligible for current research studies.
- Manna Scholarship Fund: Foundation offering scholarship funds for inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient eating disorder treatment for individuals who have no or limited insurance coverage.
- Moonshadow’s Spirit: Offers financial assistance to individuals who need treatment at residential facilities or intensive partial hospitalization program facilities.
- Project HEAL: Provides funds for inpatient, residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment for applicants suffering from an eating disorder who want to recover but cannot afford treatment.
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 understand the struggle with an 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.
Will 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, including appropriate language and behavior. The groups are led by mental health professionals and volunteers who are highly trained and supervised.