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Affordable Mental Health Treatment: Where To Find It

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Affordable Mental Health Treatment: Where To Find It

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So you or a loved one have decided that you need mental health help. What’s the next step to take? Finding a provider can feel overwhelming. In this post we’ll discuss affordable mental health treatment and where to find it.

Where To Start If You Have Insurance

When looking for mental health services, there are several ways to approach it. If you have health insurance coverage, you can look at your provider’s website or their written materials to find out which mental health providers are covered by your insurance. You can also ask your health care provider to recommend someone.

It’s also important to understand what mental health services are covered, whether you need a referral from your family physician (PCP), and if there are any limits to how many visits or hospital days are covered. Once you understand these things, you’re ready to call a provider. Always verify that the provider accepts your insurance before making an appointment.

If Medicare covers you, this article provides helpful information about covered mental health services:

Mental Health. gov provides info on mental health care for veterans, crisis line numbers, + lots more at their site:

FAIR Health Consumer is a non-profit organization that provides fair and neutral information about health insurance and the costs of medical procedures. If you are having trouble understanding your health insurance policy or medical bills, check here for more info:

Whether you’re covered by health insurance, you can also go to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) page where you can enter your zip code and get a list of providers in your area.

Finding Affordable Mental Health Treatment When You Don’t Have Insurance

Accessing mental health care is possible even if you don’t have health insurance. The Penny Hoarder has a very useful article called 12 Ways to Find Free or Low-Cost Mental Health Services. Below, I’ll cover most of them.

The Top 4 Places To Check First

Places to Look For Affordable Mental Health Care If The Above Don’t Work For You

“While you miss out on the personalized care and complete anonymity of private sessions, support groups can be the perfect solution for free or low-cost therapy. Organizations like the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) host free community support groups in person or online.”

“12 Ways to Find Free or Low-cost Mental Health Services”, The Penny Hoarder

Talkspace or Betterhelp are examples of monthly subscription online therapy apps.

The Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth,

and PFLAG support for allies and families.

Wrap-Up Of How To Access Affordable Mental Health Treatment

Caring for your mental health is every bit as important as caring for your physical health. Finding affordable mental health treatment that works for you will take a bit of time and research, but it is doable. Don’t let a lack of insurance prevent you from getting the care you need.

You can click here to see the other mental health posts on this blog:

Or enter a topic like “anxiety,” “depression” or “stress” in the search bar for a specific mental health topic.

Till next time, Kathy

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