Transferring Treatment to College
If you’re currently seeing a therapist, and your college isn’t close enough to maintain regular sessions, it’s very important you find a new therapist either on or off-campus. Start the search by asking your current therapist to help you find a new counselor in the area: click here to read about how to find help on campus or how to find help off campus. Below are some tips on transitioning your treatment to your new school.
Develop an updated safety plan with your current therapist that can be used as a template for your new counselor or therapist.
Be sure that, together with your parents, you investigate health insurance coverage, restrictions and any relevant changes.
Ask your insurance provider the following questions:
- What types of mental health services are covered while you are away at school?
- Are there restrictions on the type of mental health professional you may see?
- How many mental health treatment sessions are covered annually?
- Is a referral from a primary care provider required before you can see a new mental health provider?
- Is there a deductible or co-payment?
- What happens if you see a provider who is “out of network”?
- Is psychiatric hospitalization covered?
If you’re currently taking any type of medication for a diagnosed mental health problem, you’ll want to find out ahead of time if there’s an on-campus pharmacy and whether or not it takes your health insurance.
If your parents have been in charge of making sure you stick to your medication schedule, work with them to map out a plan, including how you’ll let them know that you’ve taken your medication on time and as prescribed. One quick and easy idea is to put a reminder in your phone’s calendar and then send your parent’s a text every day once you’ve taken your meds.
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