I am so excited! I just got the news that Flourish is now Tricare-certified. That means I can now see veterans through Tricare's contracted insurer in our region, Humana-Military. There's been lots of news coverage lately about the lack of mental health services available through the VA hospitals, including long waiting periods for services, difficult systems to navigate, and lack of evidence-based care for disorders like Major Depressive Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The National Council on Behavioral Health projects that at least 30% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan need treatment for a mental health disorder, and that less than 50% of those will actually get it.
I saw this difficulty firsthand working with veterans during my internship. I immediately felt a connection and desire to help. I've seen the effects of war within my own family, and there's so much we can do to support our service members.
So, it is great news that the VA is expanding mental health care by adding community providers like Flourish to their roster of available providers.
Here's the latest information about coverage directly from a Tricare representative on the phone today:
For more information, you can also visit the Humana-Military website. Click on "Find a Provider" under Beneficiary, and search for Tricare mental health counselors in your area. There may be a delay in Flourish showing up as a provider, but I've been assured that I can start taking clients! I'm looking forward to helping serve our nations' military and their families. Thanks for reading, and leave a comment to show your support!
Go and be and flourish...---Kambria
Kambria Kennedy-Dominguez, Counselor and yoga teacher specializing in mental health, substance abuse and wellness.