Problem Accessing Health Care?

Of the 333 people who have responded to our survey to date, 64% shared that they have experienced challenges obtaining mental health treatment for themselves or a family member in the past two years.

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Stephen Bonin
Stephen Bonin

As I think about this issue of access, I recall 2004. I was 43. My life had suffered devastation--divorce, career release, severe consequences of mania and depression. I hastily moved in with my parents, thinking that was the solution. They seemed to have it altogether.

Then I got fed up with my government-clinic psychologist, and felt estranged. My mom happened upon her highly credible primary doctor in the neighborhood, and he referred us to another psychiatrist.

So, I think as we look at the issue of brokenness, we have to realize the grace of community. Practicing forgiveness, being in loving relationships--all will work out.

However, the homeless, those who have broken relationships with their families, we need to keep helping. We need to keep pressing forward the values of reconciliations.


Our adult son's medication was no longer covered by our state's medicaid plan. Attempts by his psychiatrist to secure an exception were denied without explanation, despite the fact that our son had been on the drug for almost four years and was doing well. We couldn't afford to pay for his monthly prescription so his doctor changed his medication to a product that was covered. He's had some side effects that required several additional doctor visits, which caused me to miss work (again). Worse yet, I've watched my son become frustrated and irritable. These decisions don't seem to make sense.

careforyourmind moderator

@60Plainsdrifter Thanks for your comment. Sadly, both professionally and, for many of us, personally as well, we are very familiar with your position. For people with insurance, it often comes as a surprise when a coverage gap or limitation arises. Although, in general, insurance coverage for mental health conditions has improved over time, we know there's a long way to go in having appropriate treatments, including medications, available for all who would benefit from them. On the one hand, you and your son are fortunate that his psychiatrist was willing to advocate for staying on the right medication; not all providers would invest the time and energy in seeking the exception. On the other, it's mind-boggling the extent to which insurance powers-that-be not only second-guess the providers who know their patients' conditions and treatment the best, but downright deny covering the treatment that works. These are all issues under consideration here at Care for Your Mind, so stay tuned and keep commenting. Wishing you and your son well. Thanks for participating!