Low-Cost Treatment Available Through Our Community Mental Health Centers

May 1, 2013

Community mental health centers that we partner with provide excellent, low-cost treatment to individuals living with mental illness. Treatment can take many forms, just like mental illness, and what works for one person may not work for another. Personalized, flexible treatment programs can be the key to success for many people.  At Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation we believe cost should not be a barrier to treatment.  We work with various community mental health centers, counselors and area facilities to ensure that no person who seeks mental health services is blocked by cost.

Treatment Options at Community Mental Health Centers

We can assist with providing access to a variety of treatment options throughout the United States.  When an individual or family comes in for a confidential screening, our care coordinators will assess their needs and develop a recommended services plan. When treatment is recommended, it is typically in the form of inpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs (PHP), intensive outpatient programs (IOP), counseling, specialized dual diagnosis treatment and patient aftercare support. The care coordinators at Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation helps individuals and families determine the most appropriate level of care and provide linkage to community mental health centers who provide mental health services.

Inpatient Program

A full-time inpatient program can provide support and safety in the early days of learning how to manage a mental illness. These programs are designed to give clients round-the-clock access to medical professionals in a secure environment, away from the overwhelming outside world.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

These treatment programs are typically designed to help people transition between being an inpatient and returning to being an outpatient. You may not be ready for part-time treatment, and that’s where PHPs come in. These programs allow you to attend treatment during the day and spend the evenings at supervised residential facilities or at home.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Once you have completed a PHP program, you may wish to continue with an IOP at a community mental health center. These treatment programs can also be effective for people who have work and family commitments, where full in-patient treatment is not possible. Depending on individual circumstances, clients may reside at home or in special housing, while attending meetings several times a week.


Counseling is available through our strategic partner community mental health centers by psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinicians, and private practitioners. This is an ideal mental health treatment option for an individual or family who is able to function in the community and at home, but needs some ongoing support. Counseling can take place on an individual basis, for couples, or in a group or family setting.

Dual Diagnosis

Mental illness and substance abuse often co-occur. When this is the case, both situations should be treated simultaneously for maximum chance at long-term success. This is called dual diagnosis, and it is very common. In these cases, substance abuse and mental health professionals work together to design a treatment program that can yield the healthiest manageable results for an individual with dual diagnosis.


Recovery and management of a mental illness is an ongoing process. Although you may have completed several treatment programs, you may wish to consider aftercare. Many community mental health centers provide aftercare programs, which vary based on individual need. This may mean visiting a dedicated therapist or liaising with a nurse on a weekly basis after treatment. These programs may give you access to assistance with job applications, interviews, making appointments, and generally adjusting back to your life.

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.