A new center provides treatment for Mid Missourians

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COLUMBIA- A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of a new eating disorders treatment center in Columbia.

McCallum Place treats men and women for anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and other disorders.

The facility is equipped to care for 24 adults and adolescents using a variety of evidence-based methods with a focus on meal therapy.

Medical Director of McCallum Place Stephanie Bagby-Stone said she hopes to see the center make a difference in the lives of its patients.

“Our goal is to really help as many patients with eating disorders as we possibly can, giving them that evidence-based treatment that will really help them to thrive in their lives,” Bagby-Stone said.

The closest treatment centers available for eating disorders are in St. Louis and Kansas City. This means many people in mid-Missouri who wanted to seek help would have to put their lives on pause to do so.

“One of the things we would encounter in college mental health was that students would have to perhaps leave school and move to another city in order to get treatment,” Bagby-Stone said. “Now it may be possible for them to actually stay in Columbia, continue in school and get the treatment they need.”

Bagby-Stone said McCallum Place will cater to younger patients so they can stay at home with their families and still receive the services they need.

The center offers intensive outpatient services and a variety of therapies for patients.

Bagby-Stone said the goal of McCallum Place is to help as many people as possible so they can go forward and thrive in their lives.