Find Free or Low-Cost Treatment or Support for Mental Health, Drugs, or Alcohol
If you don’t have insurance, or treatment is still too expensive with your insurance, there are ways to get help.
Pay based on what you make
Many health care professionals that treat mental health and drug or alcohol use will offer a “sliding-fee scale” payment option. This means the price you pay depends on how much money you make. When you call to set up an appointment, ask if they have a sliding-fee scale or other options for a lower cost.
Ask about grants and scholarships
Some health care professionals and programs in larger centers or hospitals have grants, scholarships, or “charity care” programs. Ask if any of these are available to help pay for your treatment. If one is, make sure to ask if it will cover the entire time of your treatment and if you have to pay back the money if you don’t finish treatment.
Find out about payment plans
Some health care professionals and programs in larger centers or hospitals have payment plans. Ask if any of these are available to help pay for your treatment. Make sure you know the terms of when and how much you have to pay back.
Find free or low-cost services
- Find a health center that provides free or low-cost care.
- Try your state mental health and substance use agency for information on how to get treatment for people without insurance.
- Look for support groups.
- If you’re a student, look for your school’s health center or peer support group.