You can start by contacting your doctor to ask about what services are available, and to ask if your doctor can recommend providers. If you have Original Medicare, you can use the Provider Compare tool on www.medicare.gov to find mental health care providers who accept Medicare payment. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you can contact your plan to find mental health care providers who are in-network and to learn about any costs or restrictions associated with getting care.
You can also contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for help finding local resources and guidance on Medicare’s covered behavioral health care services. Visit www.shiptacenter.org or call 877-839-2675 to contact your SHIP.
If you have trouble finding a behavioral health provider, there are a number of national resources that can provide assistance:
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Call 800-273-8255
Read More: How Does Medicare Work With Behavioral Health Care?
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