Mental Health Therapeutic Services

TRICARE covers a variety of services for mental health and substance use disorder:

Service   What is it? 

Also known as “therapy” or “counseling.” TRICARE covers inpatient and outpatient services, including:

  • Individual sessions
  • Group sessions
  • Family/Conjoint sessions 

TRICARE covers psychoanalysis if your:

  • Provider has the correct certification.
  • Treatment is preauthorized.
Psychological Testing & Assessment

TRICARE covers psychological testing and assessment to help diagnose a patient and develop a treatment plan.

TRICARE doesn’t cover psychological testing for academic placement.
Psychotropic Drugs Covered when prescribed by an authorized provider as part of a treatment plan.
Electroconvulsive Treatment

Electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) may be covered.

Collateral Visits TRICARE covers collateral visits when needed. These visits are between a provider and a family member or other responsible person.
Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication assisted treatment combines medication and mental health therapies for the treatment of substance use disorder.  

Ancillary Therapies

TRICARE only covers ancillary therapies as part of the treatment plan at one of the following types of facilities:

  • Inpatient facility
  • Residential substance use disorder treatment
  • Psychiatric residential treatment center (children and adolescents under age 21)
  • Partial hospital program
  • Intensive outpatient program

Therapies include:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Occupational
  • Other ancillary therapies

Do you need mental health services or substance use disorder treatment during the COVID-19 National Emergency?

Several telehealth services are available to TRICARE beneficiaries seeking mental health and substance use disorders treatments.

Some of these services include: Intensive Outpatient Programs, Medication Assisted Treatment, Opioid Treatment Programs, psychotherapy, crisis management, family therapy, group therapy, medication management, and occupational therapy. >> Learn more

Last Updated 3/20/2022