First NY Residential Eating Disorder Facility Opens In Irvington

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Carolyn Costin finds Irvington to be like a “storybook” land, and the perfect site for Monte Nido, New York’s first residential treatment facility for women and men with eating disorders.

Monte Nido opened up an East Coast facility in Irvington, as New York's first residential treatment facility for eating disorders. Photo Credit: Dina Grace Zoe Sciortino

The Irvington facility recently got its licensing from the New York State Office of Mental Health.

“I know the state is anticipating in a positive way bringing in this level of treatment for eating disorders,” said Costin, Monte Nido’s  founder and chief clinical officer.

She says Monte Nido has been asked to come to the East Coast for quite some time. About 30 percent of Monte Nido clients are from the tri-State area.

After recovering from her own eating disorder, Costin set out to help others overcome the disorder and founded Monte Nido residential treatment facility in California in 1996.  Monte Nido also has facilities in Oregon and Boston.

The Irvington location is a 10.5-acre site on Broadway, and home to Irvington’s historical O’Dell Tavern built in 1963. It is also known as the Murray-Griffin Estate, according to The Hudson Independent.

“We love it, we appreciate it and we’re going to make sure we keep the sanctity of it,” said Costin.

The facility is capable of hosting up to 14 clients over the age of 18. They anticipate creating some single bed rooms in a separate building on site, that would serve as one of the few programs in the country for men, which she said is a growing client population. 

Costin, an author and psychotherapist who has specialized in treating body image disturbance and eating disorders since 1979, says eating disorders have the highest death rate of any psychiatric illness and the rates of eating disorders are growing.

Costin also noted that as obesity rates go up, the rate of eating disorders go up as well with the increase focus of one’s intake of food and level of activity.

“I believe the pressure, particularly on women though men have eating disorders too, is of some of the pressure put on them in terms of idealized body shape and size,” Costin told Daily Voice. “A number of people having have anxiety disorders and when you combine that, genetic predisposition and in living in a culture where people are highly values for what they look like, sort of image over substance, I think it all comes together to provide the perfect storm.”

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