THE COSTS OF REHAB
Rehab can be a costly proposition for many people. Even though the cost to the individual patient and his family has declined in recent years, treatment programs often reach into the thousands of dollars.
If you have insurance, you will want to contact them first to determine what specific coverage you have for your teen and what your out of pocket expense may be. It is very likely your insurance will provide you a list of preferred providers in or out of the network that will be covered.
If your teen does not have insurance, find out about medicaid and contact your local medicaid office to see if your teen qualifies for coverage.
If no insurance is available, there are still options so do not get discouraged. There are some state funded facilities that will either accept a sliding scale payment or may have no charge at all. A sliding scale will be based on your income, so be prepared to show pay stubs so they can verify your income. If you can find a state supported facility that has NO fee, you may not incur any costs. This can be the best scenario financially if you are seeking a placement for your teenager, but absolutely have no funds to pay.
Start asking questions to your teen's school counselor and social worker to find out what is available. You will have to do some leg work, but it will be worth the effort it in the long run. Rehab can be costly. You want what is best for your teen, but you also have to take care of yourself and most likely other family members. Financial considerations need to be wisely considered as you make tough decisions for your teenager.