Community Mental Health Centers: An Affordable Care Option

August 26, 2013

Community mental health centers like Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation are working to provide affordable care for the people who need it. Did you know that it’s not just low-income households who can benefit from our services? Needs within the mental health field are widely varied, and no individual faces the exact same problem. Community services have been established to meet everyone’s needs, and that might mean you or someone you love.

Our initial screening and consultation process helps you identify the barriers to receiving treatment. We look at why you haven’t been able to access treatment in the past, which could be attributed to any number of factors, including, but not limited to, low income.

Who Benefits From Community Mental Health Centers?

Low-Income Households

A lack of sufficient income is one of the primary reasons why you might not be able to get the mental health services you need. This may be because you are a single income household, or simply that you do not have a high-paying job. Other expenses like a car or mortgage may be a drain on your finances, leaving little to put towards mental health services. Community mental health centers like Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation can connect you with the low-cost help you need, regardless of your income.

No Insurance

Health insurance can be costly, and not everyone has it. Even if you manage to afford other essentials, your budget may be tight. It might not extend to private health coverage. If this is the case, it can be very difficult to cover the cost of mental health services if they are required. Our care coordinators can work with you to develop a plan that does not depend on insurance coverage to gain treatment.


2013_08_28_FBPM_GuardianPerhaps your job does offer health insurance, or you do have a basic level of coverage. However, mental health disorders can often appear seemingly out of the blue, without warning, at any age. People commonly think that “it won’t happen to me,” but the truth is, mental illness can happen to anyone. If your insurance doesn’t provide enough coverage to alleviate the financial burden, community mental health services can help bridge the gap.

Lack of Mental Health Coverage

Until very recently, mental health care was not treated on par with physical illnesses. The Affordable Care Act is attempting to change that by making parity a mandatory feature of insurance policies, which means that your insurer will not be able to deny you mental health coverage in the future. However, there are still many people whose existing insurance policies do not cover mental health services. Here at Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation, we offer community mental health services to support you, making mental health care affordable no matter what your circumstances.

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.