Below you can find important information on getting treatment for mental health concerns in the Staten Island area. Please read the information below regarding the Clinical Management Consultants treatment center at Freedom From Fear.
The treatment center located at Freedom From Fear, Clinical Managment Consultants Inc, consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other licensed mental health professionals with experience treating all of the major anxiety disorders (including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder) as well as depressive illnesses. All of the therapists are also well trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
If you are interested in treatment, please call 718-351-1717 ext. 22 to receive information about the fees and insurances that are accepted.
**ADULT INTAKE EVALUATION UPDATE**
We will not be holding walk-in intakes during the following weeks:
October 15th - October 21st
November 19th - 25th
December 24th - 30th
For those who are 18-years-old and older will be done on a walk-in basis every TUESDAY from 3:00PM - 6:00 PM and every WEDNESDAY from 3:00PM - 6:00PM. Please check with your insurance company prior to coming to our office to make sure that your plan will cover your visit. We accept most major insurances; however; we do not accept Medicaid and Medicaid related plans.
We see patients on a first come first serve basis. If we are unable to accommodate all patients on a particular day, we will provide you with the necessary paperwork and schedule your evaluation at a later date.
If you cannot make the scheduled intake times, please call Mary Guardino at 718-351-1717 x. 20.
Children and adolescents under the age of 18 cannot come for a walk-in evaluation. For information on treatment for children and adolescents, please CLICK HERE
A Look at Our Treatment Center
Clincal Management Consultants (CMC) consists of highly educated licensed and Board Certified psychiatrists, as well as psychologists, social workers and other licenced mental health professionals. Each member of our team has extensive training, experience, and has recieved a license in their respective fields in order to practice. Below are descriptions of the treatment professionals at CMC:
Psychiatrist (M.D.) are physicians (medical doctors) specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. They are the only mental health professsionals who can prescribe medication.
Licensed Social Workers (LMSW) are trained to help individuals, families and groups by providing an array of services, from psychotherapy to health and welfare programs. They work with development and behavior in the social, economic and cultural systems in which people function. The goal of a social worker is to alter behaviors, emotions, attitudes, relationships and social conditions in order to restore and enhance the ability of people to reach their personal and social needs.
Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) are practitioners trained in counseling and psychotherapy. They treat individuals with mental and emotional disorders, as well as other behavioral issues. Mental health counselors focus on mental health, human relationships, education and career concerns within ethical, developmental, preventive and treatment contexts.
Licensed Clinical Psychologists (Ph.D) diagnose and treat mental, nervous, emotional and behavioral disorders. Their services extend to individuals, organizations and the public. They offer services in the following areas:
- For individuals and groups, evaluate, counsel and provide psychotherapy for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various disorders
- Administer and interpret tests of mental abilities and aptitudes, interests, neuropsychological status, personality, emotions and motivation,
- Evaluate and develop habilitation plans and treat individuals for addictions, cognitive impairments and neuropsychological disorders
- Provide educational and vocational planning
- Perform personnel selection, organizational management and evaluation and advertising/marketing research
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) are practitioners trained in individual psychotherapy, as well as families, to assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. They also work to address an array of relationship issues within the marital/couple, family and other relationships .
Understanding your health insurance coverage is very important. If you have private insurance that you have purchased or that is provided by your employer, you may have mental health treatment coverage.
Before contacting a mental health professional you should first call your insurance company (generally individuals have a card with a number for treatment information) to learn what will coverage your visit, as well as finding out the restrictions of that coverage. For example, you may be mandated only to go to providers that participate in your health insurance plan, you may have a co-payment, and a limited amount of visits per year. It is also important to learn about your options. For example, if you do not want to use a provider that is part of your plan, will you be reimbursed if you go to a provider outside of your insurance plan network?
If you do not have mental health coverage, but you have medical coverage to see a primary care physician, you should make an appointment with a doctor in your plan. Most primary care doctors or family doctors are familiar with mental health problems and can be a valuable source of providing treatment and assistance.
If you have Medicare or Medicaid, your mental health benefits will be generally covered. However, pay close attention to restrictions. Medicare insurance is for people 65 years and older or for people who have a disability and have been granted Medicare as part of their disability benefit. Often with Medicare there could be an additional small charge.
If you do not have insurance or are unable to afford treatment you may be eligible for treatment at publicly funded mental health centers and other mental health programs. Universities or teaching centers may also be a source of low-cost or free treatment services. It is recommended that you contact those in your area.