Our Free Mental Health Services: What is Covered

July 8, 2013

Free mental health services may sound like an impossible dream, but the reality is, they’re here! Here at Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation, we provide a number of free mental health services to help you through treatment and recovery for mental illness, even if you are struggling with money. We believe that everyone deserves treatment, regardless of financial situation.

Our Free Mental Health Services

Screening & Consultation

Before we can talk about the best course of mental health treatment for you, we’ll start by figuring out what you’re dealing with. To do that, our services include a free screening and consultation with a dedicated mental health professional. A counselor will sit down with you to discuss your mental health history, your current mental health needs, and what may be preventing you from receiving services.

After the consultation, you should have a better idea of what you need and how to get it; our counselor will also be better informed and able to point you in the right direction. We’ll look at what stopped you from getting treatment in the past, and design a plan that ensures you have access to treatment in the future. This is the first step in getting you the personalized mental health treatment that can get you on track to living a healthy, happy life.

Care Coordination

 The next step in our free mental health services is care coordination. We’ll match you with a dedicated care coordinator, who will act as the go-between for you and our strategic partners. Your care coordinator delves even deeper into your personal mental health story, building upon the needs assessment that has already been completed. During the care coordination process, you can become better acquainted with the nature of your mental illness, so you can better understand your needs and how to meet them.

Linkage

When you and your care coordinator are satisfied with the plan for your mental health treatment, the next step is linkage. Your care coordinator will determine which of our strategic partners can provide you with the best support. The coordinator will reach out to these partners and discuss how you can all work together to implement the treatment plan. All of this is done with your financial situation in mind, and the treatment plan will be designed at low or no cost to you.

All of these free mental health services are covered as part of our mission, which is to deliver mental health treatment to everyone who needs it, not just those who can afford it. By working together with the community, volunteers, mental health professionals, and our strategic partners, we can help make a brighter future for people living with mental illness.

If you or someone you love is suffering from a mental illness and is facing financial obstacles to services, please call us at 1-800-338-5770.  At Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation we provide access to low-cost or no-cost mental health services through a variety of community mental health centers and professionals.  We also offer educational workshops for families and professionals.