Beginning May 2013, Affirmations will formally begin accepting new clients with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan health insurance for counseling and mental health services.
The organization has been working diligently over the past year to re-configure its mental health services into a model with long-term financial sustainability and this is a strong step in that direction. The insurance billing success came as a result of support provided by Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority which sought to address the mental health needs of LGBT people in the region.
“LGBT people may not feel comfortable seeking out mental health services out in other spaces, so it’s important that the services meet people where they are, enabling access to needed services for many who might not otherwise seek them out,” stated David Garcia, Executive Director for Affirmations. “People have been coming to Affirmations for years to seek counseling and support for their sexual orientation and gender identity – a place where they know they’ll receive sensitive and culturally competent care – so it’s the perfect location.”
Affirmations serves all LGBT people requesting counseling, regardless of ability to pay. Clients without insurance are seen on a sliding fee scale. Affirmations currently has one clinician on staff and also works with a team of masters’ level students from area social work, counseling and psychology schools to provide quality therapy to those seeking support and guidance. For more information about Affirmations’ Mental Health Services, visit http://www.GoAffirmations.org.