4 thoughts on “Health Care Reform And Mental Health

  • March 24, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Will they be able to get help or what

  • March 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Please correct the name to:
    Melanie Blocker Stokes

    • March 24, 2010 at 9:09 pm


      Thanks so much for catching that. My goodness- shows you what I get for repeating the name just from memory without double checking.

  • March 25, 2010 at 2:57 am


    I live in Redding California (Shasta County). I have been fighting for 3 years trying to get a therapist. It’s been a nightmare. Here is the issue. I am on disability, which comes with both Medi-care and Medi-cal. The way it’s supposed to work is, Medi-care is billed, and whatever they don’t cover the Medi-cal pays. And if they don’t take medi-care, then Medi-cal pays the whole amount. According to social services, they said using the two together eliminates co-pays. Makes sence.

    The issue is few therapists take both insurances. And those who take medi-cal says I can’t see them because I have medi-care and I have to find a medi-care provider. Same issue though. Because the Medi-care providers don’t take medi-cal as well, I am stuck with a $55.00 a session co-pay. And with the recent $70.00 cut to SSI payments, I really don’t have the co-pay.

    So now it gets interesting. Mental health told me that since I have Medi-care they won’t treat me. They do take Medi-cal, but they said because I have Medi-care I have to find a Medi-care provider. I have explained my issue with the co-pays and was told “If you want therapy bad enough, you will find the money”. I was handed a phone book and sent on my way. I was so upset.

    So a few weeks later I learned through a friend that County Mental Health has a buy in program. You pay them $71.00 a year (about $6.00 per month) and that pays for the services. So I went to sign up for it. I was refused because they said I have insurance already. But yet they don’t take my insurance. I was again told “If/when you want therapy bad enough, you will find the money”.

    I was told that I should stop paying all my bills except for rent, food and electric. Well as most know, it’s very bad to not have anything to occupy your mind with ADHD, Depression and PTSD. If you sit idle, you start thinking about things that you shouldn’t. Thus, I get suicidal and a attempt is made. So I make sure that I have the cable on and internet. And I share a car payment and insurance with my room mate so we don’t have to walk. It works out good for us because I have a bad back and she has a brain tumor and isn’t supposed to walk far and shouldn’t be in the heat. I am not supposed to be in the heat either with the meds I take. So the van is a good option. The van we got was $5,000.00 off the lot and the payment is only $142.00 a month. It’s the lowest car payment I have ever heard of. And the AC kicks.

    Anyway, so I explained that I have bills that need to be paid, and that it would greatly impact me both medically as I am not supposed to be out in the heat and such. And because of my spinal injury I can’t walk far. And without the cable and internet I would not be able to use my online support and would be left stairing at the walls thinking about the childhood abuse and it wouldn’t be long before another suicide attempt would occure. But again, I am told that if I want therapy bad enough, I will close down all my bills down to rent, food and electric. Or that I should get off SSI and get a job. Well, if I could work a job, I wouldn’t be on SSI would I? And at one time, I was working security. I was making close to $1,200.00 a month before taxes. Now I only get $870.00 from SSI. If I didn’t have a room mate, I wouldn’t even be able to afford a place.

    So since mental health isn’t doing much, I am doing the best I can with what I have. I only have the suicide hotlines left to talk to when things get bad. I know your supposed to go as a walk in to mental health when things get bad, but the person at mental health who told me that if I wanted therapy bad enough I would find the money, he put down to make it that I wasn’t to see anyone but him. Even when I come in during the bad times, he wouldn’t listen to what the issue is. He comes in, tell me the same line of “when you really want therapy, you will find the money”, and then says “have a nice day” and leaves. I don’t get a chance to talk about anything at all. So with the hotline at least I get a chance to vent and talk about things. But as I am having a huge battle with suicide lately due to not getting any kind of therapy, the hotlines have been sending out the police to “check on me”. Well due to the law, they have to take me to the ER for a evaluation on a 5150 hold (72 hour manditory evaluation). Well that doesn’t work here. As soon as mental health came to pick me up from the ER, I was taken to mental health’s crisit unit. Told the same line that if I want therapy bad enough I will find the money, handed my discharge sheet and sent home. Mental health actually cancelled the 72 hour manditory hold, which I wasn’t aware could even be done. And several times I have been sent home feeling just as suicidal as I was when I came in. They just don’t care.

    I really hope this bill that was passed can help. It’s getting darn scary here. I don’t want to die. But when your suicidal, nothing else matters. You just don’t care anymore. And it’s scary because I don’t know how much longer I can hold on for. There isn’t anything I can do about my insurance. I am not well enough to hold a job. And being disowned from my family, I have no family help either. It’s just me and my only friend in the world. I have no money. I do want therapy bad enough. But no matter how bad I may want therapy, I can’t make money just appear out of thin air. Sorry about the venting here, it’s just really hard. Thanks.



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