For those struggling with behavioral health challenges, life-changing treatment can be costly. Unfortunately, as with general medical care, insurance doesn’t always cover the total cost of a person’s behavioral health treatment or the length of treatment that may be most beneficial. No one wants to face going without a life-saving medical operation because of finances. The same is true for mental health care.
While insurance coverage for behavioral healthcare has increased in recent years, many families still face tough financial burdens. Maintaining access to quality mental healthcare is critical, and Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation offers assistance and resources to qualified families whenever possible.
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety have an additional unique option available to them.
“With help from generous donors, the Foundation offers a limited number of outpatient treatment grants for adults, teens and children with OCD and anxiety and little or no coverage,” says Matthias Schueth, executive vice president of Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation. “We assess whether a person is financially eligible and clinically appropriate for the program. If they are, they may receive a grant for treatment at no cost to them.”
Grant recipients receive treatment through Rogers Memorial Hospital under the clinical supervision of Bradley C. Riemann, PhD. Treatment is provided at the Lake Country Free Clinic in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin by a skilled clinician trained in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy, an evidence-based treatment approach offered in all Rogers’ programs for OCD and anxiety.
“Currently, about three to four patients are enrolled in the program, but we can offer care to as many as six,” says Schueth. “It’s pretty unique for families to be able to receive treatment they may have thought was not even an option.”
Current and future legislation are leaving many people unsure about their mental healthcare benefits. “A lot of people have been discouraged throughout the years because they didn’t have any insurance coverage, so they are not actively looking for services,” says Schueth. “It’s important we tell the community there may be better coverage available and, if not, this grant might help.”
“Hopefully, some will look for treatment for the first time ever,” says Schueth. “We hope this donor support will help patients overcome the stigma of mental illness and seek the help they need.”
How can someone apply? Visit Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation’s website, complete and submit the application and participate in the clinical review.