Easy Access to TRICARE’s “First Eight” Mental Health Appointments

By: TRICARE
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Falls Church, Va, March 26, 2015 -  Do you know? Counseling, psychotherapy, and family therapy are covered benefits under TRICARE. It's no secret-the first eight appointments with a TRICARE authorized provider do not require a Primary Care Manager (PCM) referral, just your military identification card.

Don't wait until your family has an emergency, take your time and find a provider that makes you comfortable. Your PCM or family doctor can give a recommendation. If you are unsure of the differences in provider types, their education, treatments, and ability to prescribe medication, use the "Find a Doctor" tool on the TRICARE website.

For the first eight mental health care appointments, you can see TRICARE authorized clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurse specialists, TRICARE certified mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, and supervised mental health counselors--all are licensed and meet quality requirements. All can be accessed easily online, with mobile applications, or by phone.

Your Managed Care Support Contractor's website also has a "Find a Provider" link with a directory, contact details, and the providers' specialty areas. Remember, if you find yourself in an emergency situation, for example, an individual believes he or she will harm himself, herself or others, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

To schedule your first eight mental health appointments, go to:

Keep in mind, nine or more appointments require authorization from your PCM. All appointments with pastoral counselors and supervised mental health counselors must have prior authorization. Active Duty Service Members (ADSM) must seek mental health care in their military treatment facilities, but can participate in family therapy sessions with TRICARE authorized mental health providers. Learn more on the Covered Treatments page in the Mental Health Care section of the TRICARE website.