This article is part of the series: Find Treatment and Support. You may want to start there.
Information – Find Treatment – Non-profits
How to Access Behavioral Health or Mental Health Services – Good article on insurance and descriptions of mental health professionals
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Link works. Extensive information for Families relevant to many disorders: Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar disorder, Conduct disorder, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and more. Includes a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder
Find low cost and or government-sponsored clinics – Nationwide – A searchable directory of mental health treatment facilities and support services from SAMHSA.gov
Locate Affordable Healthcare in Your Area
HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers provide:
• checkups when you’re well
• treatment when you’re sick
• complete care when you’re pregnant
• immunizations and checkups for your children
• dental care and prescription drugs for your family
• mental health and substance abuse care if you need it
SAMHSA Health Information Network Behavioral Health
Treatment and Substance Abuse Services Locator
Use Google. I had good results using the words community mental health with your county and or state.
Let your fingers do the walking. Check the Community Pages in your local phone book under Mental Health for local federally funded clinics. They accept Medicaid, Medicare, most insurances and they should adjust their rate according to your income. How to qualify for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). (Link works — Just click through or https://www.healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/getting-medicaid-chip/)
If you qualify for Medicaid, you’re covered in full. (Note: most clinics will diagnose and treat children with ADHD, but many will not treat adults. Some areas do not consider ADHD in adults to be serious enough to qualify for treatment, but will treat if it’s in combination with another mental disorder.)
Note: Make sure to Look for hospitals with Mental Health or Behavioral Health treatment as well. They’re not just for emergencies.
Check these Medical Directories:
Professional Medical Directories
The Medicare Participating Physician Directory can assist you in finding a psychiatrist who accepts Medicare. Copy and paste: https://www.medicare.gov/physiciancompare/
Non-profits for Help and Support
Mental Health America.net (Copy and paste: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. Provides information, advocacy and direct help to consumers in many states. Although they don’t cover all states, there are 320 affiliates nationwide. – Especially see their Get Help section – Many of the resources don’t apply directly to ADHD, but out of such a great selection- you should find something. – The site’s Get Info section is extensive!
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. NAMI has organizations in all 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. There are also more than 1,200 local affiliates spanning all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Provides information, support, and advocacy. www.nami.org
Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH): A national parent-run non-profit organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families.
Chapters/ State Locator
Parent Training and Information Centers – Parent Centers serve families of all ages (birth to 26) and all disabilities (physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional). They provide a variety of services including one-on-one support and assistance, workshops, publications, and Web sites. Find the Parent Centers in your area
For more information, see our Board below: Mental Health and Comorbidities Web sites.
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