Betty Ford Center

Betty Ford Center
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Location Rancho Mirage, California, United States
Coordinates 33°45′47″N 116°24′05″W / 33.7630802°N 116.4013637°W / 33.7630802; -116.4013637Coordinates: 33°45′47″N 116°24′05″W / 33.7630802°N 116.4013637°W / 33.7630802; -116.4013637
Founded October 4, 1982 (1982-10-04)
Lists Hospitals in California

The Betty Ford Center (BFC) is a non-profit, separately licensed residential chemical dependency recovery 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. 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. The Betty Ford Center opened on October 4, 1982.[1]

In 2015, the Betty Ford Center opened an outpatient addiction treatment clinic in West Los Angeles. [2]


The Center was co-founded by former U.S. First Lady Betty Ford, Leonard Firestone and Dr. James West in 1982.[3] West also served as the Betty Ford Center's first medical director from 1982 until 1989.[3] He left that position to become the Betty Ford Center's director of outpatient services.[3]

Betty Ford's decision to undertake such a project followed on the heels of her own battle with alcohol dependence and diazepam addiction[4] and release from the Long Beach Naval Hospital.[5]

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


  1. Nelson, Valerie J. (2011-08-04). "Pioneer in surgery, addiction treatment". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  2. Pelham, Victoria (2015-01-18). "Betty Ford Center to open new L.A. outpatient clinic". The Desert Sun. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  3. 1 2 3 Brambila, Nicole C. (2011-08-01). "Kidney transplant pioneer James West dies in Palm Desert". The Desert Sun. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  4. "Betty Ford Reflects on Center's 20 Years". ABC News. October 20, 2002. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  5. "Betty Ford Biography". Ann Arbor, Michigan: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. April 2, 2012. Retrieved 2014-11-28.

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