What is mental health?
A person who is mentally healthy can generally manage stress, respond appropriately to problems in life, and express emotions in a healthy, productive way. If a person runs into trouble with these sorts of tasks, or has a problem that just can’t be solved, therapy may be a good option to improve mental health.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
Plan on spending about two hours at your first appointment. You will be asked to fill out some forms for our agency, including your consent to have treatment at Southwest Counseling Service.
You will meet with a mental health clinician who will complete an assessment with you on the computer. This person will ask you questions about your history and your reasons for coming in for counseling. At the end of the session, you and your clinician will talk about options for treatment and your treatment plan.
What is a sliding fee scale?
This is a subsidized fee scale based on gross household income and the number of people in the household. This is offered because we are partially funded by the state.
What about confidentiality?
Southwest Counseling Service takes your privacy very seriously, and we work hard to protect your confidentiality. Your information is kept in secure files, and is not shared with anyone without your consent.
There are some exceptions to that, which are legal reasons that your clinician would have to share information about you without your consent. Those include, but are not limited to, a serious medical emergency or threat to life, legally reportable information about child or adult neglect, or if there is a valid court order requiring information.
Sometimes people come to Southwest Counseling Service as a result of a court order or because of legal problems. If that is the case, we will usually have you sign a release of information form allowing us to contact your referral source about your therapy. This is often necessary to let the referral source know that you are attending therapy and how you are progressing.
For more information about all of the limits to confidentiality, as well as information about the employee code of ethics, please view the client information guide.
How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment by calling any of our offices directly.
How much does a drug and alcohol evaluation cost?
The total cost for this evaluation is $240. You may make payment arrangements with the clerical staff if you will not be able to pay in full. Also, please be aware that we will notify referral resources, such as probation, courts, etc., of payment and non-payment.
Finally, if you have had an evaluation or addiction severity index (ASI) assessment completed in the past three months, SCS will require a copy and there will be no additional charge for this portion of the assessment. The cost with a previous ASI included is based on our sliding fee scale.
What is residential treatment?
Rosen Recovery, Therapeutic Community, and Women’s Addiction Program are all residential treatment programs where individuals reside in Southwest Counseling Service housing during the substance abuse treatment program. Each program has various lengths of stay ranging from four months to more than one year.