Mia Elwood, offers her “Ode to a Social Worker” as she accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Congratulations to our very own, Jeanne on her retirement!

In these times, you often see companies making statements about how their customers’ health and safety is their priority. We do not doubt the sincerity of any of these messages, but we thought we would take it a step further and offer this “behind the scenes” look at how Healthy Futures has been reacting to the coronavirus pandemic.

Early on, as the pandemic spread rapidly in countries such as Italy and Spain, we formed our three-member “COVID Response Team,” to be ready with an action plan if the infection began spreading rapidly here.

When that did happen, we initiated Phase 1 of our COVID-19 Response Plan: shifting all Intensive Outpatient Programming to virtual services. Phase 1 also included an extensive deep cleaning schedule at our physical building, and following other procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which includes twice daily sanitizing of surfaces. We have also set up two indoor air purifiers for the building that work through HEPA filtering.

Meantime, our COVID Response Team researched daily, following infection rates, and met weekly to continue monitoring this spreading disease, and formulating our next steps. We also sent our patients an extensive survey, asking for their valuable input about how and when they foresee an eventual integration back to in-person programming.

The response was amazing! And we value everyone’s ideas and feelings.

You see, our patients’ EMOTIONAL health and safety is also our priority!

Healthy Futures is now transitioning into Phase 2 of our COVID-19 Response Plan.

Our teen patients, who feel comfortable and exhibit no COVID-19 symptoms, are welcome to join group in person on Wednesday, Sept. 9 and Sept. 23. Teens who aren’t comfortable with this step can continue participating online, as before. We also are increasing the availability of some providers for in-person individual sessions, if both provider and patient desire this.

This is our first step into transitioning to Phase 2. We continue to offer ALL programming virtually, and so for many patients, nothing is changing, yet.

Other options we are researching and considering include: Utilizing our outdoor space for some of our programming, installing “air scrubber” technology within parts of our air conditioning systems, using a UV handheld wand to sanitize surfaces, and installing breezeway windows in strategic places to increase fresh airflow.

As always, we will inform our patients directly by email, and through our website and social media, when any other changes are planned. As a reminder, wearing masks remains a requirement in all common areas while at Healthy Futures for all patients and staff, and social distancing will continue to be in place throughout the pandemic as our guideline in keeping others safe.

Here’s to everyone’s safety as we continue on this journey to a Healthy Future!

The health and safety of our patients and our team remains our first priority at Healthy Futures, and we wanted to offer this update regarding our Coronavirus response.

A Plan for Today

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For now, we remain in our Phase 1 of our Covid Response Plan. We continue to provide our Eating Disorders Intensive Outpatient Programming and our Mental Health IOP via telehealth sessions. Our programming has not been curtailed in any way, and we continue our full services of group and individual counseling, nutrition and movement education.

For those receiving individual counseling at our physical address, we REQUIRE our team members and our patients to wear face coverings (masks over nose and mouth) at all times while in common areas. This is in accordance with the recent ruling by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and a City of Scottsdale ordinance.

We continue to follow all Centers for Disease Control guidelines and are being diligent about disinfecting and cleaning common spaces in our office.

We continue to take measures to reduce the possibility of virus spread, such as one-time-use pens and electronic document signing.

Future Progress

Our Covid Response Team remains vigilant in monitoring the pandemic every day and we have developed Phases 2 and 3 for the future. We look forward to progressing once the measures of community spread have decreased considerably and consistently. We will announce any changes through our website, social media and through email directly to our patients and families.

We encourage EVERYONE to please monitor your emotional and physical health, and to remember that self-care is vital. We are here to help anyone who might need emotional support during these trying times.

If you are struggling with an eating disorder, or with your overall mental health, please call our office to set up a telehealth assessment. We are here to help. We are here to walk with you to your Healthy Future! (480) 451-8500.


As our office team is working remotely at times, we may not be available to answer your phone call live, but we HEAR you, and we are HERE for you, so PLEASE leave a message. We will get right back to you. You can also leave us a message via email if you are struggling to reach us live.

Mia ElwoodEating disorders do not take a break. They do not pause. Eating disorders continue despite social distancing and quarantining. We understand this. And so we do not pause, we do not break, and we continue to walk steadily with our patients on the road of recovery.

To protect the physical safety of our patients, Healthy Futures Intensive Eating Disorder Programming, and our Mental Health IOP, are now offered through telehealth. We continue to help our patients with our full programming of group and individual counseling, nutrition and movement education.

We also encourage anyone struggling with eating disorders right now, and anyone struggling with anxiety and overwhelming worry, to please reach out. Help is available. We offer our full services for general mental health and for eating disorders.

Whether it’s with us, or with other helpers, understand that eating disorders can be relentless, and finding someone to help your recovery is as vital now as ever.

If you are struggling with an eating disorder, or with overall mental health, please call our office to set up a telehealth assessment. We are here to help. We are here to walk with you to your Healthy Future!

(480) 451-8500.