Struggling with mental health can be challenging and interfere with many areas of your life. But how do you go about finding help? There are many things to consider when choosing a mental health provider who is right for you. Here are a few steps that you can take to get started on your search:
CONSIDER THE QUALITIES YOU WANT IN A PROVIDER
What background or area of expertise do you want your provider to have? Should your provider be close to home or close to work? Do you want your provider to have a similar cultural background? Would you prefer to see a provider of the same or opposite sex? Questions like these can help you find a provider you can trust, which is an important step in helping you address mental health concerns.
THINK OF YOUR PROVIDER’S BACKGROUND
What are your provider’s credentials? What treatment approaches or philosophy does your provider follow? You may want to decide if you want to see a therapist or a psychiatrist instead of a counselor if you think you may need medication. And don’t be afraid of asking a lot of questions about your treatment. The more engaged you are in your treatment, the more you will get out of it.
USE AN IN-NETWORK PROVIDER
We review all providers’ backgrounds and practices before we add them to our network. We also check their credentials regularly. We encourage all our network providers to follow evidence-based medicine, so members get treatment that has the best outcomes for them. We also follow up with our network providers regularly to be sure our members are getting appropriate and effective care.
Additionally, visiting an in-network provider will help you get the most out of your benefits and save money on your out-of-pocket costs.
To find a mental health provider, log in your member account at members.bcidaho.com and select Find a Provider from the right-side menu on the home page. You can narrow your search by filtering providers by characteristics and the type of behavioral healthcare they specialize in, such as depression or anxiety.
Posted: June 28, 2021