Is a mental health therapist considered a specialist?

Psychiatrists are licensed physicians who have completed psychiatric training. They can diagnose mental health conditions, prescribe and monitor medications, and provide therapy. Some have completed additional training in child and adolescent mental health, substance use disorders, or geriatric psychiatry. Services such as therapist visits, group therapy, and emergency mental health care are usually covered by health insurance plans.

Addiction rehabilitation services are also included. Psychiatric nurses perform psychological therapy and administer psychiatric medications. They often face challenging behaviors related to mental health conditions. They work under the supervision of a doctor.

Behavioral health care doesn't need approval from your primary care physician (PCP), but you do need to see a Magallanes provider. You may also want to talk to your PCP about the problem. This type of administration is generally allowed under the parity law if the company uses the same standards to determine the mental health coverage they use to decide which medical services to cover. Many health plans must now provide equal coverage for mental health care and health care, thanks to the provisions of the Equal Addiction and Mental Health Parity Act and the Affordable Care Act.

Clinical social workers are trained to assess a person's mental health and use therapeutic techniques based on specific training programs. Instead, it requires health insurance plans that do cover mental health treatment to cover it on a par with medical treatment. In some cases, your plan may pay for mental health treatment after you've paid part of your deductible, but not cover physical health treatment until you've met your full deductible. See the plan's description of benefits; it must include information about behavioral health services or coverage for mental health and substance use disorders.

Outpatient mental health services, including annual depression screening, are covered by Part B. The law does increase the quality of care for those with mental health coverage, but it does not require mental health coverage in all policies. However, for those who do, mental health services and services for substance use disorders should be included, regardless of where or how the plan is purchased. The parity law does not require insurers to provide mental health benefits, but rather the law states that if mental health benefits are offered, they cannot have more restrictive requirements than those that apply to physical health benefits.

The parity law, along with ACA requirements, may mean that mental health care is more accessible than ever. Primary care doctors and pediatricians can prescribe medications, but you might consider visiting someone who specializes in mental health care. Typically, these plans cover individual therapy with a professional, such as a psychiatrist or mental health nurse. Therapy is expensive, and often people aren't sure if a health plan covers it or how to find out.

In that case, you can continue to use your mental health benefits if you have coverage for out-of-network providers. The parity law says that insurance policies that cover mental health care should treat that care as they do with other medical coverages.

Diana Anzaldua
Diana Anzaldua

Diana Anzaldua, LCSW - S, TYCT, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher in Central Texas. As the founder and owner of Austin Trauma Therapy Center, she teaches clients new skills for coping and adapting to the daily stresses of life so they can live the life they imagined by connecting them to their true authentic selves. Diana has been featured in industry magazines & websites such as Bustle, Hello Giggles, Yahoo, PBS, Allure, and more. Diana started this website to help answer FAQs for people interested in learning more about therapy around the world!