Manna Scholarship Fund, Inc. (Manna Fund) was developed to provide payment assistance towards treatment costs due to the inadequate insurance coverage for people with eating disorders. The scholarships given help alleviate the high cost of specialized care. By supporting the community, Manna is also helping families avoid the often difficult decision between treatment for a loved one and the exorbitant cost of care. Our desire is that the recipients of our scholarships, and eventually, all individuals affected by an eating disorder, will receive the appropriate care to help them eliminate their eating disorder altogether.
The concept for Manna Fund was birthed early in 2006. Dr. Genie Burnett and her colleagues specialized in the treatment of eating disorders at the outpatient level of care, and became increasingly concerned about the lack of adequate inpatient treatment funding available to those suffering from life-threatening eating disorders. Through her own personal and clinical experience and in-depth research, Dr. Burnett discovered an alarming number of obstacles and “barriers to care” for those who found themselves needing inpatient treatment for eating disorders. The most prominent barriers being lack of insurance coverage, coverage with inadequate benefits, lack of or low reimbursement rates, and coverage that restricts certain types of specialized treatments, qualified therapists, and treatment centers. As a result of these disheartening truths, 2007 saw the 501(c)(3) Manna Scholarship Fund come to fruition, a non-profit corporation fully dedicated to “fill the funding gap” for individuals needing the most immediate and critical level of care – inpatient and/or residential treatment.
Over the years, Manna Fund has provided funding towards inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient care. These individuals have limited and sometimes no insurance coverage. Manna Fund grants partial and often 100% scholarships to recipients by providing direct payment to partnering eating disorder treatment facilities as well as operating a local partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program.
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