Appointments for All Other Beneficiaries

Do you use one of the TRICARE health plans below?

  • TRICARE Select
  • TRICARE Select Overseas
  • TRICARE Reserve Select
  • TRICARE Retired Reserve
  • TRICARE Young Adult-Select
  • TRICARE For Life*

If so, you don’t need referrals for mental health care appointments (except for psychoanalysis and outpatient therapy for substance use disorder provided by a substance use disorder rehabilitation facility). 

You can schedule an appointment with any TRICARE-authorized providerAn authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. DS.

You must have pre-authorization for inpatient mental health care (hospital stays).

*If you use TRICARE For Life, remember that you'll follow Medicare's rules for mental health care until those benefits are exhausted.

Last Updated 3/8/2022