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It is important to get an evaluation from a mental health clinician (e.g., psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker) so that you receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. 

However, due to the shortage of mental health clinicians, it can be difficult to find one. For example there are only 7,000 child psychiatrists in the country. Only 55% of all psychiatrists accept insurance. Therefore, to see some psychiatrists, you would need to pay out of pocket.

To Find a Clinician
  1. Decide how you will pay for services: using health insurance, seeking reduced fee services for low-income families, or paying out of pocket.
  2. Build a list of referrals (see sources below)
  3. Call clinicians to determine if they can help you

Questions to Ask a Clinician

  • What type of payment do you accept (e.g., insurance types, private pay)?
  • What age patients do you treat (teens, adults)?
  • What types of conditions do you specialize in or primarily treat (e.g., bipolar disorder, depression)?
  • How do you assess or evaluate your patients to make a diagnosis?
  • What is your approach to treatment (e.g., meeting frequency)?
  • What is your style in interacting with patients and families (or, if you have a specific family issue such as someone is reluctant to stick with treatment, ask how they would handle it)?
  • What is your schedule and when could you see us?

Free Evaluations

Health care providers registered with Screening for Mental Health have agreed to provide their evaluation services free of charge, year-round. These providers have participated in National Depression Screening Day, held every year in November.
Screening for Mental Health

Treatment Referrals

  1. Clinics/Hospitals/Mental Health Facilities. SAMHSA Mental Health Services Locator
  2. Referral Sources
    • Your health insurance: see behavioral health phone number on your health insurance card
    • Your primary care physician or pediatrician
    • Your work’s employee assistance program or school counselor
    • Your friends and religious leaders
    • Your Department of Mental Health
  3. Psychiatrists
  4. Therapists

Family Stories

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 800-273-TALK or 911 immediately. For crisis support via text message, text LISTEN to 741741.