Betty Ford Center
|Betty Ford Center|
|Location||Rancho Mirage, California|
The Betty Ford Center (BFC), is a non-profit, separately licensed residential chemical dependency recovery hospital in Rancho Mirage, California, that offers inpatient, outpatient, and residential day treatment for alcohol and other drug addictions, as well as prevention and education programs for family and children. The Betty Ford Center, which is adjacent to Eisenhower Medical Center, has 100 inpatient beds available on their campus and additional lodging for 84 clients in the Residential Day Treatment program. The Betty Ford Center opened on October 4, 1982. On February 10, 2014, Betty Ford Center merged with Hazelden Foundation to create the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. On June 12, 2014, Jim Steinhagen was named Vice President and Administrator in charge of the Betty Ford Center, and Steve Eickelberg, M.D., was appointed Medical Director of the Center.
The Center was co-founded by late U.S. First Lady Betty Ford, Leonard Firestone and Dr. James West in 1982. West also served as the Betty Ford Center's first medical director from 1982 until 1989. He left that position to become the Betty Ford Center's director of outpatient services.
Betty Ford's decision to undertake such a project followed on the heels of her own battle with alcohol dependence and opioid analgesic addiction, and after her release from the Long Beach Naval Hospital, she pursued the goal of creating a treatment center that emphasized the needs of women.
In September 2010, the Center introduced a pain management track. BFC has an active alumni program, with groups meeting on a regular basis across the United States and Canada. In 2006, the Betty Ford Institute was created. Its mission is to conduct and support collaborative programs of research, prevention, education and policy development. In 2008, the BFI established the Children’s Program Training Academy with the goal of training and certifying service providers in cities around the country to offer Children’s Programs locally. In 2009 the Professionals in Residence Program (PIR) and the celebrated Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS) were realigned within the Betty Ford Institute.
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