Betty Ford Center

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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°W / 33.7630802; -116.4013637
OpenedOctober 4, 1982 (1982-10-04)[1]
ListsHospitals in California

The Betty Ford Center (BFC) is a non-profit, 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.[2] 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.[3] The Betty Ford Center opened on October 4, 1982.[4]


The center was co-founded by former U.S. First Lady Betty Ford, Leonard Firestone and Dr. James West in 1982.[5] West also served as the Betty Ford Center's first medical director from 1982 until 1989.[5] He left that position to become the Betty Ford Center's director of outpatient services.[5]

Betty Ford's decision to undertake such a project followed on the heels of her own battle with alcohol dependence and diazepam addiction[6] after the Fords left the White House, and her release from the Long Beach Naval Hospital.[7]

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

In 2015, the Betty Ford Center opened an outpatient addiction treatment clinic in West Los Angeles.[8]


  1. ^ "Understanding Connections Between Substance Use and Other Life Problems". Cadillac News. Archived from the original on September 21, 2021. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "Betty Ford Rancho Mirage Homepage". Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Sasic, Ema. "Betty Ford Center to break ground Tuesday on $30M, multi-year expansion". The Desert Sun. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  4. ^ Nelson, Valerie J. (August 4, 2011). "Pioneer in surgery, addiction treatment". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Betty Ford Reflects on Center's 20 Years". ABC News. October 20, 2002. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Betty Ford Biography". Ann Arbor, Michigan: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. April 2, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  8. ^ Pelham, Victoria (January 18, 2015). "Betty Ford Center to open new L.A. outpatient clinic". The Desert Sun. Retrieved May 4, 2015.

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