After attending the Mental Health Conference in Edinburg last month, I’m blown away by the amount of mental health services in the Valley provided by licensed counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists, who offer their services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.
I visited the websites of each of the service providers and picked out the info I thought would be most useful as you decide where to go for help.
This post is aimed at individuals who worry that they cannot afford to seek help for emotional or mental problems, or painful internal, private events that are making it difficult to live a meaningful, fulfilled live. If you have insurance and can afford help, check out this therapist locator tool. Many therapists offer their services using a sliding scale to help you afford their services. Some of the providers listed below may also serve individuals with insurance.
Important: If you are experiencing a crisis, having thoughts of hurting yourself or another person, or considering suicide, call the toll-free crisis line at 877-289-7199.
Okay, let’s get started.
CaPS Center at UTRGV
If you are a student at UTRGV, help is available right on campus at the Counseling Center. Counseling services are provided by either licensed mental health professionals or graduate-level interns under the supervision of a licensed counselor. 956-882-7792.
From the Counseling Center website:
Appointments can be made by calling our center or walking in. We do not set initial appointments over email. However, students can email us with any questions at email@example.com. Students will be seen for the first appointment usually within the same day or within one to two days, although during peak times the wait may be longer. Students in crisis can be seen in a walk-in basis the same day.
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance has clinics that are able to provide resources regardless of individual’s ability to pay. The Behavioral Hospital at Renaissance provides services for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults in a 24-hour inpatient therapeutic environment, or through their outpatient program. From their website, “Outpatient treatment provides intensive therapy and behavioral health intervention that patients need, without requiring inpatient care and hospitalization.”
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is generally good at working with you so that you can afford their services, and for mental health services, they are particularly flexible. When contacting them, ask about how they serve the needs of low-income patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
Abundant Grace Church
Abundant Grace Church’s Counseling Center has religious and non-religious based therapy services.
From their website:
“Brian Dutremaine is our licensed professional counselor on staff. He is licensed in chemical dependency, registered play therapy, certified rehabilitation counseling. He is also a national certified counselor, a licensed clinical pastoral counselor, and has degrees in Christian Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Pastoral Counseling as well as rehabilitation counseling. AGCC counseling center does not charge for services, but donations are accepted.”
Contact the Center at 956-381-4394 or direct at 956-878-8498.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries
The Church Based Counseling Services program of Methodist Healthcare Ministries provides services to “people who are uninsured, whose existing coverage does not provide mental health services benefits, are low-income and lack the money to pay for counseling services, or would not receive treatment any other way.”
“The first meeting is totally free and subsequent sessions are based on what each person is able to pay – no one is denied services based on ability to pay.”
The pamphlet found at this link (opens a PDF document) shows the local churches that participate in the program, though you can call their San Antonio office to get the most up-to-date information. Their main office can be reached at (800) 959.6673 or (210) 692.0234
HOPE Family Health Center
HOPE clinic in McAllen has a counseling department with licensed counselors and some psychologists. HOPE’s mission is focused on serving uninsured individuals.
From their website:
“These holistic services aim to strengthen families, foster personal dignity and empower each person to take responsibility for his or her own well-being. Moreover, we strive to improve our community’s physical health and emotional well being for a lifetime by providing comprehensive, affordable quality health care services while responding to the changing needs of our community and respecting the dignity, values, and culture of the individual.”
Therapy is offered Tuesday through Friday during the clinic’s open hours, but you must complete an application for services that you can get from the clinic. Find out more about accessing HOPE clinic’s mental health care by visiting them online.
Tropical Texas Behavioral Health
Tropical Texas Behavioral Health offers a range of mental health services, and is one of the largest service providers in the Valley, with offices in Harlingen, Brownsville, Edinburg and Weslaco.
Tropical Texas “improves the lives of people with behavioral health needs through the efficient and effective provision of quality services delivered with respect, dignity, cultural sensitivity, and a focus on recovery.”
Tropical Texas has free psychiatric treatment for adults and as of October 2015 there is no waiting list. I did not see any details on their website as to what kind of financial eligibility they may have for free services, so for more information, call them at 1-800-813-1233.
If you or someone you know has used any of these services, please write to me and tell me about your experience. I’ll update this post with any additional helpful information you provide.