[HEALTH.MIL] Easy Access to TRICARE's "First Eight" Mental Health Appointments

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  • Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:48:36 -0500

Easy Access to TRICARE's "First Eight" Mental Health Appointments 


Do you know? Counseling, psychotherapy, and family therapy are covered benefits
under TRICARE. It's no secret-the first eight appointments with a TRICARE
authorized provider do not require a Primary Care Manager (PCM) referral, just
your military identification card.

Don't wait until your family has an emergency, take your time and find a
provider that makes you comfortable.  Your PCM or family doctor can give a
recommendation.  If you are unsure of the differences in provider types, their
education, treatments, and ability to prescribe medication, use the "
> Find a Doctor" tool on the TRICARE website. 

For the first eight mental health care appointments, you can see TRICARE
authorized clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurse
specialists, TRICARE certified mental health counselors, marriage and family
therapists, pastoral counselors, and supervised mental health counselors--all
are licensed and meet quality requirements.  All can be accessed easily online,
with mobile applications, or by phone. 

Your Managed Care Support Contractor's website also has a "Find a Provider" link
with a directory, contact details, and the providers' specialty areas.
Remember, if you find yourself in an emergency situation, for example, an
individual believes he or she will harm himself, herself or others, go to the
nearest emergency room or call 911. 

To schedule your first eight mental health appointments, go to: 

*       North Region:  <http://www.hnfs.com/> Health Net Federal Services,
Mental Health Care (1-877-874-2273)
*       South Region:  <https://www.humanamilitary.com/> Humana Military, Mental
Health Care (1-800-700-8646)
*       West Region:  <http://www.uhcmilitarywest.com/> UnitedHealthcare
Military & Veterans, Mental Health Care (1-877-988-9378)
*       Overseas:  <http://www.tricare-overseas.com/> International SOS 

Keep in mind, nine or more appointments require authorization from your PCM. All
appointments with pastoral counselors and supervised mental health counselors
must have prior authorization. Active Duty Service Members (ADSM) must seek
mental health care in their military treatment facilities, but can participate
in family therapy sessions with TRICARE authorized mental health providers.
Learn more on the
<http://www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Mental/Treatments.aspx> Covered
Treatments page in the Mental Health Care section of the TRICARE website.

SOURCE:  TRICARE News Release at http://www.tricare.mil/EasyAccess032615


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