Learn more about how to set up an appointment to receive mental health care.
Active duty service member or activatedCalled or ordered to active duty service for more than 30 days in a row. Guard/Reserve member
You must get all mental health care at a military hospital or clinic, if possible.
To see a TRICARE-authorized civilian provider, you must get a referral and pre-authorization, even if you're enrolled in TRICARE Prime Remote
Your primary care manager will coordinate your referrals and authorizations
We don't want to discourage you from getting help. We want to make sure your condition doesn't negatively affect your health and ability to perform your duties.
Enrolled in TRICARE Prime
For Outpatient Care from a Network Psychiatrist or Psychologist
Schedule an appointment with a network psychiatrist or psychologist in your region.
You don't need a referral or pre-authorization for outpatient visits except for psychoanalysis and outpatient therapy for substance use disorder.
You must see a network provider in your region. If you see a non-network provider or a network provider in another region without a referral, you'll have to pay point-of-service fees.
Outpatient Care from a Counselor
You can get care from a supervised mental health counselor or pastoral counselor, but a doctor must supervise the care, even if in the TRICARE network. Certified mental health counselors don't need doctor referral and supervision.
If you need to stay in the hospital, you must have a referral and pre-authorization from your regional contractor.
Enrolled in the US Family Health Plan
You can search your plan’s provider directory to schedule a mental health care appointment.
You don't need a referral for outpatient visits except for psychoanalysis and outpatient therapy for substance use disorder
You must have a referral and pre-authorization for all inpatient mental health care (hospital stays)
Contact your US Family Health Plan provider for more information:
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 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. 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.
Looking to book an appointment online at a military hospital or clinic? Visit the Secure Patient Portal for more information.
Do you need prescription drugs for a mental health condition?
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
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