DO YOU NEED OUR HELP?
Access Counseling offers a variety of mental health services to the public. With or without insurance, we can help. Our counselors work closely with ACISD and will provide school/work excuses if needed. Office hours are Tues-Thurs 10am to 4pm. Friday appointments are available with Dawn Edwards Canion from 10-5. Call: 361-729-0633 to make an appointment.
You can complete the following required forms, prior to your visit:
Click to Print “Missed Appointment Fee”
SERVICES WE OFFER:
Grief and Loss
Low Self Esteem
Trauma and PTSD
Self Harming Behaviors
Adolescent Risky Behaviors
Juvenile Sexual Behaviors
Physical, Emotional & Sexual Abuse
Substance Abuse & Dependence (Adult/child)
ADHD in young and old
WHAT TO EXPECT:
When a person calls our counseling center, he or she is connected with a receptionist who is caring, compassionate and aims to dispel any fears, uncertainty and doubts that they may have. Our goal is to schedule you with a counselor as quickly as possible as we understand that your needs are high priority.
At your first appointment we will take a copy of your insurance card (if applicable) and give you a few forms to fill out. This will aid us in determining your initial needs and goals for counseling. Caring staff will help you to understand your feelings, what treatment options are available and what to expect from our sessions. Also, you will be given answers about your insurance benefit coverage and payment arrangements.
Access Counseling welcomes the opportunity to serve you. Before beginning your work with us, we want to outline our policies and procedures as well as orient you to the services that we provide. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.
It is the policy of Access Counseling to provide service to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, height, weight, marital or familial status, disability, service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected by law and without regard to sexual orientation.
MINORS POLICY: (Ages 5 to 18)
We expect a responsible adult to accompany all minor children to the agency and to remain on site during their child’s appointment, if the child is under the age of 18 years. On occasion, a parent/guardian’s signature is needed at the appointment time. Children are not to be left in the waiting room unattended or brought into counseling sessions if the appointment is not for them.
FEES AND PAYMENTS:
The charge for the initial visit is $35 payable with cash or a debit/credit card. Clients covered by Medicaid are not charged for the initial visit .After the first visit, the charge for clients with insurance will be dependent on their deductible. For those clients who choose not to use insurance or are not covered by insurance, a generous income based sliding fee scale is available. Proof of family income is required from the client. Checks are accepted from established clients. Note all payments are due at the time of service.
WE ACCEPT CASH, DEBIT CARDS AND MOST MAJOR CREDIT CARDS.
WE ALSO OFFER A GENEROUS INCOME-BASED SLIDING FEE SCALE FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE NOT TO USE (OR DO NOT HAVE) INSURANCE.
TERMINATION OF SERVICES:
You may terminate services with this agency at any time by contacting your counselor or reception.
The agency may terminate services with you for the following reasons:
• any act or threat of physical and/or verbal violence toward a member of our staff or your therapist
• a pattern of failure to comply with your counselor’s recommendations that seriously impairs our ability to assist your recovery/growth
• more than two missed appointments without acceptable notice
You may be readmitted to service, once terminated for any of the above reasons, by bringing your account current.
PAYMENT FOR SERVICES:
In order to better serve our community, Access Counseling adjusted their sliding fee scale in June 2018. This is made possible by generous contributions from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, the Nystrom Family Foundation, Aransas County United Way, Castaways and others after Hurricane Harvey. It is your responsibility to inform receptionist about any changes affecting your amount or method of payment, address and/or phone number. Any changes made are effective as of the date of the agency’s notification and cannot be backdated.
INSURANCE PLANS WE ACCEPT*:
Medicaid (Traditional, Driscoll or Superior)
Blue Cross/Blue Shield/Magellan
EAP’s (Employee Assistance Program) – Check with your employer
*Other insurances may be accepted as well but may require pre-authorization for an out-of-network provider
We do not accept the following insurances* at this time but anyone is eligible to utilize our sliding scale:
Any Medicare Secondary Policy
*All insurance is subject to pre-authorization and the limits of your policy as well as designated medical necessity. You will be advised of your plan benefits the day of your first visit.