RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Southern California's Betty Ford Center has received a $1.2 million gift to teach medical professionals, especially doctors, about the disease and treatment.

The licensed addiction hospital was co-founded 30 years ago in Rancho Mirage by former first lady Betty Ford, who died last year at 93.

The Betty Ford Center says in a news release that it's critical to teach future medical professionals about the disease of addiction.

The Palm Beach, Fla.-based Scaife Family Foundation awarded the $1.2 million to the center's Medical Education Initiative. Additionally, the foundation awarded $100,000 to the center's Summer Institute for Medical Students and $100,000 to its Children's Program.