Betty Ford clinic

Betty Ford Center
Location Rancho Mirage, California

33°45′44″N 116°24′01″W / 33.76222°N 116.40028°W / 33.76222; -116.40028Coordinates: 33°45′44″N 116°24′01″W / 33.76222°N 116.40028°W / 33.76222; -116.40028

Care system
Patron Betty Ford
Beds 100+[1]
Founded October 4, 1982
Website Betty Ford Center

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. It opened on October 4, 1982.[1]

On September 24, 2013, it was announced that Betty Ford Center is merging with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, headquartered in Minnesota. A formal agreement is expected to be official by the end of the year.


The Center was co-founded by late U.S. First Lady Betty Ford, Leonard Firestone and Dr. James West in 1982.[2] West also served as the Betty Ford Center's first medical director from 1982 until 1989.[2] He left that position to become the Betty Ford Center's director of outpatient services.[2]

Betty Ford's decision to undertake such a project followed on the heels of her own battle with alcohol dependence and opioid analgesic addiction,[3] 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.[4]

In September 2010, the Center introduced a pain management track. The program allows patients to gain insight into the ways in which pain has changed their ability to think and approach life.

Betty Ford Center has an active alumni program, with groups meeting on a regular basis across the United States and in Canada.

The Betty Ford Center Foundation is a vital part of the life of the Center and raises money to support the mission of the Betty Ford Center through gifts, pledges, and planned giving programs.

In 2006, the Betty Ford Institute was created. Its mission is to conduct and support collaborative programs of research, prevention, education and policy development that lead to a reduction of the devastating effects of substance use disorders on individuals, families and communities. 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. Both programs offer an incomparable learning opportunity about the Betty Ford Center.

In April 2013, Betty Ford Center received accreditation by ABAM (American Board of Addiction Medicine) that allows the chemical dependency recovery hospital to begin an Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program.

Mary Pattiz is currently the Betty Ford Center Chairman of the Board.


The center offers the following levels of care/programs:[5]

  • Inpatient – detox and treatment – typically 30 days.
  • Residential Day Treatment (RDT) – typically 30–60 days in off-campus housing, usually following inpatient treatment.
  • Licensed Professionals Program – specialized treatment designed for individuals who may have specific licensure requirements; they may include, but are not limited to, physicians, nurses, pilots, judges, and attorneys.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) – five evenings a week for 8 weeks.
  • Clinical Diagnostic Evaluation (CDE) – A diagnostic assessment program for licensed healthcare professionals, attorneys, pilots and other individuals to determine whether or not they meet the DSM-IV criteria for "Substance Dependence".
  • Family program – education on addiction as well as skills and tools for family members (age 13 and up) to begin their own healing process.
  • Jerry Moe, Vice President, National Director of Children’s Programs.
  • Phase 5 for young adults was added to the BFC list of services in August 2011.
  • The Pain Management Track is available for patients with co-occurring disorders such as chronic pain and trauma. Many patients enter treatment at the Betty Ford Center for addiction to pain medication.


External links

  • Betty Ford Center – Official Website
  • Betty Ford Institute
  • Alumni Program
  • Charitable Foundation page
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Betty Ford Center at Eisenhower