Physicians Health Plan- We NEED more mental health providers!

Physicians Health Plan- We NEED more mental health providers!

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Tamera Lagalo started this petition to Physicians Health Plan

At a time when the mental health crisis is at its peak, we have individuals in our community that are unable to obtain mental health services from providers that want to assist. Insurance companies close their networks for insurance paneling citing "network sufficiency". What PHP is not considering is that many of the providers listed on their directory only see clients part time, IF they are practicing at all. PHP does not take into consideration that while they have clinicians paneled with them, not all mental health clinicians practice in the same specialty areas. We have a severe shortage of mental health providers in Ingham County and the surrounding areas that work with specialty niche areas such as children & adolescents, TF-CBT, EMDR (PTSD & Trauma), families, and male providers. 

The average waitlist for a child & adolescent therapist is at least 30 days, some waitlists extend out months for openings, many of which don't allow for after-school or weekend appointments. At a time when our children are facing the struggles of bullying, identity crisis, and negative thoughts, finding a therapist to help them shouldn't be an extra burden. 

Speaking from a standpoint of a provider we want to serve our community, and we want to do this without insurance being a barrier for the families. We consistently receive 8-10 new client inquiries a week for services that we are not able to provide due to a closed network with Physicians Health Plan.

Listening to a mother cry, because her suicidal teen needs services and every office she has called isn't accepting new clients, or does not accept their insurance is not ACCEPTABLE

We are asking Physicians Health Plan to do a review of their "network sufficiency", to evaluate how many clients are being seen and treated on a regular basis by the paneled providers. Identify the actual need in our community for mental health providers, and make it easy for clients to obtain services. 

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