Financial Burdens of Mental Health and Addiction Treatment
Not only is it difficult to make the decision to enter a mental health or addiction treatment program, but the financial aspects of seeking care can cause some roadblocks for a large number of individuals. Even for those who have mental health insurance coverage, it can be a daunting task to determine how you are going to pay for a mental health treatment program.
Due to a lack of financial resources, many individuals are unable to receive the treatment that they desperately need. Some individuals may not have health insurance coverage, or if they do have insurance, the amount that is owed by the patient is too much for them to be able to afford. Many treatment programs can cost thousands of dollars per month, which can cause a significant amount of anxiety about the whole treatment process. More often than not, the financial responsibility of mental health care is the main reason many do not seek out professional help. However, the financial aspects of a recovery program should not prevent you from getting the help that you need.
Treatment Program: Lauren Hardy M.A., writes on the behalf of Timberline Knolls, which is a residential treatment center for women that focuses on healing the entire self by addressing each woman’s physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and social needs.
MA, L. (2014, April 25). Financial Burdens of Mental Health and Addiction Treatment, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, October 19 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/mentalhealthtreatmentcircle/2014/04/financial-burdens-of-mental-health-and-addiction-treatment
Author: Lauren Hardy, MA
<strong>Hotlines:</strong> If your loved one is feeling like they want to harm themselves or is feeling suicidal here are some hotline numbers you can call for help:
There is also 24 hour email support for those who are feeling suicidal which you may find at this website: http://www.suicide.org/suicide-email-support.html
<strong>Finding a Therapist or Mental Health Center:</strong> Here are some resources you can refer to in order to help you find a therapist or mental health center.
• The Partnership for Prescription Assistance has a free clinic finder and if you type in your zip code you can find clinics in your area:
• The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources also has a listing of free clinics in your area. All you have to do
is plug in your geographic location:
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness may also provide information of where to find treatment or mental health care
in your area. You may call them toll free at 1-800-950-NAMI or contact them through their web site:
• Here are additional list of free clinics to search for in your geographic area:
• You may also be able to find a Community Mental Health Center at this site:
<strong>Mental Health Resources: </strong>There are a number of mental health resources that can give you even more ideas and suggestions of how to obtain treatment, therapy, or medications when you do not have insurance or have no money to pay for services:
• The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance:
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness:
• Befrienders World Wide:
• Psych Central Support Groups:
<strong>Additional Informational Resources:</strong> Finally, here are some additional informational articles that may provide you with some useful information.
• A Consumer's Guide to Mental Health Services
• CNN Health presents: "No Health Insurance? Get Help Here."
• US News and World Report tells you six ways to get affordable mental health services
• The Daily Kos tells you how to get free or low cost mental health care
• About.com also shares ways of how to find free treatment for depression
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