Betty Ford Center

The Betty Ford Center (BFC) is a non-profit, separately licensed residential treatment center for persons with substance dependence in Rancho Mirage, California. It offers inpatient, outpatient, and residential day treatment for alcohol and other drug addictions, as well as prevention and education programs for family and children.[1] The Betty Ford Center, which is adjacent to Eisenhower Medical Center but is under a separate license to practice, 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.[2]

In 2015, the Betty Ford Center opened an outpatient addiction treatment clinic in West Los Angeles.[3]

Betty Ford Center
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
LocationRancho Mirage, California, United States
Coordinates33°45′47″N 116°24′05″W / 33.7630802°N 116.4013637°WCoordinates: 33°45′47″N 116°24′05″W / 33.7630802°N 116.4013637°W
FoundedOctober 4, 1982
ListsHospitals in California


The Center was co-founded by former U.S. First Lady Betty Ford, Leonard Firestone and Dr. James West in 1982.[4] West also served as the Betty Ford Center's first medical director from 1982 until 1989.[4] He left that position to become the Betty Ford Center's director of outpatient services.[4]

Betty Ford's decision to undertake such a project followed on the heels of her own battle with alcohol dependence and diazepam addiction[5] and release from the Long Beach Naval Hospital.[6]

Betty Ford Center merged with Hazelden Foundation on February 10, 2014, to create the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.


  1. ^ "Betty Ford Rancho Mirage Homepage". Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Nelson, Valerie J. (August 4, 2011). "Pioneer in surgery, addiction treatment". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  3. ^ Pelham, Victoria (January 18, 2015). "Betty Ford Center to open new L.A. outpatient clinic". The Desert Sun. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Brambila, Nicole C. (August 1, 2011). "Kidney transplant pioneer James West dies in Palm Desert". The Desert Sun. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "Betty Ford Reflects on Center's 20 Years". ABC News. October 20, 2002. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  6. ^ "Betty Ford Biography". Ann Arbor, Michigan: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. April 2, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2014.

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Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is an addiction treatment and advocacy organization that was created in 2014 with the merger of the Minnesota-based Hazelden Foundation and the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California in the United States.The organizations have a long history together. Hazelden was founded in 1949, and Betty Ford herself visited its Minnesota headquarters in 1982 when she was planning to open the facility in Rancho Mirage.The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation bases its residential and outpatient services on a Twelve Step, abstinence-based treatment model for individuals with addiction to alcohol and other drugs.The Foundation also includes the nation's largest addiction and recovery publishing house, a fully accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, prevention training and an education arm for medical professionals, family members and other loved ones, as well as a children's program.

Hazelden Foundation

The Hazelden Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Center City, Minnesota. Hazelden has alcohol and drug treatment facilities in Minnesota (Center City, Chaska, Maple Grove, Plymouth, and Saint Paul); Beaverton, Oregon; Newberg, Oregon; Chicago, Illinois; Naples, Florida and New York City, New York. It offers assessment and primary residential addiction treatment for adults and youth, including extended care and intermediate care, as well as outpatient treatment, aftercare services and a family program. In February 2014, it merged with the Betty Ford Center to form the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation headquartered in Minnesota.According to their mission statement, Hazelden "helps restore hope, healing, and health to people affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs."

Hazelden began publishing in 1954 with the book Twenty Four Hours A Day. Current authors include Melody Beattie, William G. Borchert, Karen Casey, Drew Pinsky, Dan Olweus, and William C. Moyers. Books are distributed by Simon & Schuster.The Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, Minn., offers a Master of Arts degree in addiction counseling.

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