Check around for organizations which provide services on a sliding scale based upon income.
Not knowing where you are I can't help you with the search.
One possibility is Catholic Family Services - no, I'm not Catholic - they don't care about
whether you are religious or not.
They offer counseling services at a reduced cost. For instance, with our ridiculously low income, they offer counseling services for $50.
While they don't provide medications, they may know of psychiatrists who provide their services at reduced cost.
There is another organization here, named Provident. I have an appointment with them next Thursday for a first visit and the cost will be $20 per session.
I am currently seeing a psychiatrist through a organization named the Family Mental Health Collaborative made up of area hospitals, Catholic Family Services, medical departments from the various universities in town, and other organizations.
Because of our very low income, they completely cover the doctor costs, and provide me with the prescript
ions he orders, for free. They actually mail the prescript
ions to me. The only prescript
ion they have not provided so far is Vyvance, a stimulate the doctor put me on when he pulled a diagnosis of ADD out of the air. A month of Vyvance had no effect on me.
For some reason, the stimulant is not one of the drugs they provide for free. I had to get a free 30 dose introductory to get the medications. We couldn't afford it at $146 for 30 doses. It's a good think it did not help me - we could never have afforded it
Check with the hospitals in your area. Ask them if they, or some organization they know about
, provide physic services based upon income.
Are there any universities in the area which have medical programs? If so, contact them.
Call the county health department.
Don't worry about
how these people will view you, just call and ask them if they have, or can point you at, psychological services with fees based on income.
You may find someone who can provide counseling and has a working relationship with an MD or a psychiatrist, for medications, who will work with you as regards cost.
Hope this helps.
P.S. While it is great that my doctor and prescript
ion costs are provided free, it is definitely "ungreat" that our income is so low that we qualify for it.
I have been working with computers since 1973. You'd think I would be making 6 figures somewhere but my depression (or as the doctor now thinks, bi-polar) has prevented my getting and keeping a job since 1987 when my career was derailed by --- well, that is a very long story.
Suffice to say that I would trade the free services for a job where my skill and abilities would let me not only bring down the big bucks, but also give me some of the fulfillment I had in one job in particular from 1976 to 1985 when another company bought us out.
The next job was a poor choice and on the next job I worked for 9 months without a manager - I had been reporting to the director of the data processing department at the 1976-1985 job and he didn't manage me but instead set the direction for me and the department and I took it from there.
Anyway, I took a job where the manager I interviewed was removed from the position a week before I started and I worked for 9 months without a manager and then they hired someone from whom I would not have accepted the job offer had I interviewed with her.
She found and way and got rid of me.
I interviewed for a lot of positions but wasn't offered any of them and then I just gave up. That was in 1987. I've done some computer work on my own since then but my strengths are technical, not marketing, so I can't find clients and most of those I do find don't call me back after the initial work.
Didn't mean to add so much in this P.S. Guess I'm more down today than I realized.
Post Edited (Simon's Dad) : 1/22/2009 2:03:49 PM (GMT-7)