You have an emergency if the patient:
When you have a mental health emergency:
Are an active duty service member
You need to get a referral and prior authorization for all mental health care.
Are a non-active duty TRICARE Prime beneficiary
You need to get a referral and prior authorization for psychoanalysis and outpatient therapy for substance use disorder provided by a substance use disorder rehabilitation facility.
Use TRICARE For Life
Medicare is the primary payer for mental health care. You only need a referral or authorization from TRICARE if your Medicare benefits are exhausted.
Use any other TRICARE health plan
You need to get a referral and authorization for psychoanalysis and outpatient therapy for substance use disorder provided by a substance use disorder rehabilitation facility.
You must be under the care of a provider who can prescribe drugs and manage your dosage. Some types of mental health providers can prescribe drugs, but others can't. >>Learn more
Take a voluntary, anonymous self-assessment to see if you have symptoms that are consistent with a condition that would benefit from further treatment or evaluation.
Last Updated 11/29/2017
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Association of Suicidology
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