OCD and Anxiety
Optimal mental health is critical for overall well-being, but 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 for you or your loved one because of finances. The same is true for your or a loved one’s mental health or addiction care.
With the passing of the Affordable Care Act, insurance coverage for behavioral healthcare has increased, but many families still face tough financial burdens. Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation offers assistance and resources to qualified families whenever possible, and people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety have a unique option available to them.
“With help from generous donors, the Foundation offers a limited number of 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.”
OCD and anxiety are prevalent disorders, but they are treatable, especially when addressed early. Treatment in the program is provided by an experienced Rogers therapist who helps staff a local neighborhood clinic. “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.”
Patients receiving care through the OCD and anxiety grant receive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and an evidence-based treatment approach offered in all Rogers’ programs for OCD and anxiety. “The number of treatment hours is less intensive than in Rogers’ other programs and is tailored to individual need,” says Schueth.
Many are unaware the new legislation may give them more options for treatment. “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 you apply? Visit Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation’s website, complete and submit your application and participate in the clinical review.