When someone is struggling with a mental health disorder, it hard to retain sense of self. Mental health illness can cause patient to doubt his/her abilities and distrust own thoughts.
Free mental health clinics provides care to low-income, and disadvantaged families and singles that do not have health care coverage. According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the national uninsured rate for 2018 was 8.5% of total population.
Services provided by free mental health clinics includes:
- Assessment and diagnosis for mental illness.
- Outpatient treatment
- Medication management
- Assessment and diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disability issues.
- Short-term follow-up care
State and Local Resources
Your state or local health department may know of programs in your area that offer free or reduced-cost mental health care.
FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions)
Are free clinics really free?
There are 1400 free clinics that do not charge anything. However, most “free clinics” operate using a sliding scale for payment so you may pay a small fee for care depending on your income.
Can free clinics write prescriptions?
Yes, Free clinics use a licensed doctor, who can write prescriptions.
Do I need an appointment to be seen at the free clinics?
Yes, Most free clinics only see patients with appointments but there are few free urgent care who takes walk-ins.
I am an undocumented person. Will the free clinic see me?
Depends on clinics, Some clinics require you to be a legal resident but most of them don't. They just need your residency proof.
How does the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) affect the Free Clinic?
Even after obama care there are 29 millions uninsured people in the US, so if you don't have any insurance then it does not affect free clinics.
Is the Clinic staffed with licensed health professionals?
Yes, all of medical staff is licensed with the State and are covered under the one or other federal insurance.