All clients meet first with a counselor for an intake appointment. Typically, the client will meet with their therapist two or three times before a referral to a psychiatrist is made. We take this approach because it is often necessary to understand the client's concerns thoroughly before referring for medication. In some cases, clients have been known to decide that they did not want medicine after meeting with their therapist, as they were feeling better.
PAYING FOR THE MEDICATION:
Unfortunately, by using insurance, the policy holder might be able to determine that a charge for medication has been billed. It is often, though not always, desirable to talk with the policy holder (e.g., a parent) about why they might be seeing a charge to the insurance. These situations can also allow for an opportunity for open communication with a caregiver. Often, the caregiver is very happy to talk with his/her son/daughter about these issues.
You could pay out-of-pocket for the medicine. While this would protect your privacy, it can also be prohibitively expensive, especially if you are paying for brand name medications.
There are two options. First, you can pay out-of-pocket for the medicine, although the high cost makes this a challenging approach. The second option, for those with very little or no money, is a drug assistance program by which one can receive free or reduced-cost medication from a pharmaceutical company. To be eligible to participate in a drug assistance program, you need to provide tax returns documenting a lack of income.
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS: If you have a question that has not been answered here, please feel free to call the Counseling Center at 414-288-7172. We will assist you to the best of our abilities.