We have created and updated this list of resources, because finding adolescent services can be challenging.
However, we are not affiliated with, have any additional knowledge, nor can we guarantee quality of care or responsiveness.
Crisis & Counseling Hotlines
Safety Issues (you or your young person): Call 911
- Parent Crisis Line: (800) 488-3000
- KC Youth Crisis Line: (888) 233-1639
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741
- Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-TALK (273-8255)
- Teen Self-Harm Hotline: (800) USA-KIDS (872-5437)
- Crisis Intervention & Counseling: 1(800) 999-9999
Navigating the Mental Health System
Thoughts from "Why Do they Act that Way?" By David Walsh, Ph.d
Because the mental health system is so frustrating to navigate, it takes some active efforts to get good care and how to avoid some of its various pitfalls. Here’s how.
Read your insurance policy carefully to find out exactly what your mental health and chemical dependency benefits are. They may be described in a separate section of your policy.
Read your insurance policy or member handbook to determine the procedures for accessing care. The procedures may be different from the benefits. Fox example, your policy may state that you are entitled to thirty outpatient visits per year. The procedures, however, may state that all visits much be authorized in advance or reauthorized after every three visits.
Find out which providers are covered by your plan and what the financial penalties are if you see a professional outside the plan’s network.
Find out the procedures for securing a second opinion and for getting a referral outside the plan in case one is needed.
Get recommendations for the best professionals you can use under your plan’s benefits and procedures. Educators, clergy, and health care professionals can be helpful. Other parents can also be good sources for advice.
Once you begin to receive care don’t be afraid to ask questions about treatment approaches, medications, referral options, and second opinions.
If you think you are not getting adequate care, contact the patient representative at the health plan. Share your concerns and find out your options.
I hope you never have to resort to them, but many states now have offices for health care complaints in either the department of health or the attorney general’s office.
Taking the first step to seeking treatment for anxiety, depression and other disorders can be difficult, because we can all experience some degree of anxiety, depression, moodswings, etc. in our lives as a normal part of human experience. Common signs of needing to seek treatment might be general anxiety or depression, mood swings, life transitions, career or value confusion and more. Some more severe signs you can look for to seek treatment include (but are not limited to): excessive worrying or fears that affect multiple domains of life (home, work, school, for example), frequent and unmanageable panic attacks, intrusive thoughts and/or urges, increased irritability or outbursts, frequent avoidance of social situations or other feared situations, suicidal thoughts, self-harm or self-harm urges, excessive or increased substance use, and frequent and not developmentally appropriate risky behaviors.