Yes, private insurance and Medicaid plans, including those partnered with Healthy Young Minds, often cover teletherapy services for children.
These partnerships are crucial for expanding access to mental health, developmental, and behavioral services and providing comprehensive, high-quality care for children and adolescents in Colorado. Parents should consult with their healthcare providers and insurance companies to determine coverage and eligibility for teletherapy services.
Our mission is twofold: to prioritize early intervention and serve children in communities with limited access to the latest evidence-based therapies. Through our telehealth model, we can match a child's needs with provider expertise and offer therapies in the home, where most challenges arise. Inspired by the quality and access limitations of mental health in our own community, we established a local clinic in Eagle, Colorado, to provide much-needed services to families of all socio-economic backgrounds. Leveraging my experience with tech and internet startups, as well as the proven success of teletherapy with over 70% of local clients during Covid-19, we developed a telehealth model to effectively and creatively address the needs of a vastly underserved population.
Which Colorado Medicaid Plans Cover Teletherapy For Children?
Healthy Young Minds Has Partnerships With The Following Colorado Medicaid Plans
|Organization||Description||HYM Services Covered|
|Health First Colorado||Health First Colorado, also known as Colorado Medicaid, is a public health insurance program that offers comprehensive medical coverage to residents of Colorado. It provides a wide range of services, including primary care, hospitalization, prescription drugs, mental health, and dental care.||
|HCPF||The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) oversees the Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) programs. The department aims to improve access to cost-effective, quality health care services for Coloradans.||
|CHP and CHIP||The Child Health Plan (CHP) and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide low-cost health insurance to children and pregnant women who do not qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance. These programs cover various services, including mental health care.||
|CHP+ and CHIP+||Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and Children's Health Insurance Program Plus (CHIP+) are extensions of CHP and CHIP that offer additional benefits and coverage.||
Which Colorado Insurance Plans Cover Teletherapy For Children?
Healthy Young Minds Has Partnerships With The Following Colorado Insurance Plans
|Organization||Description||HYM Services Covered|
|Colorado Access||Colorado Access is a nonprofit health plan that manages the physical and behavioral health care of members enrolled in Health First Colorado. The organization offers services under the Regional Accountable Entity (RAE) structure.||
|CCHA||The Colorado Community Health Alliance (CCHA) is a Regional Accountable Entity that oversees the delivery of behavioral health services for Health First Colorado members.||
|RMHP||Rocky Mountain Health Plan (RMHP) is a Colorado-based health insurance provider that offers comprehensive coverage to individuals, families, and employer groups.||
|Cigna||Cigna is a global health service company that offers health insurance plans to individuals and families. Healthy Young Minds partners with Cigna Evernorth to provide ABA and counseling services to clients in Colorado.||
|Kaiser of Colorado||Kaiser Permanente is a healthcare provider that offers comprehensive health insurance plans in Colorado.||
|ChampVA||The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (ChampVA) is a health insurance program for eligible dependents of veterans. Healthy Young Minds accepts ChampVA for all therapy services in Colorado, but requires a physician's referral before scheduling an intake.||
What Is Teletherapy For Children?
Teletherapy, also known as online therapy, e-therapy, or telehealth, provides remote mental health and behavioral counseling for children using technology such as video conferencing, phone calls, and instant messaging. This form of therapy has grown in popularity due to its convenience and accessibility, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A licensed professional conducts teletherapy sessions, employing various therapeutic approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy, and family therapy to address the child's mental health needs. Teletherapy can be an ideal option for families who can’t access in-person therapy due to location, transportation, or other barriers. Moreover, it can provide a comfortable setting for children who might feel anxious in traditional therapy environments.
However, teletherapy may not be suitable for all children or mental health issues, and in-person therapy could be more effective or necessary in some cases. Collaborating with a mental health professional is crucial to determine the most appropriate treatment for each child's unique needs.
Parents often wonder if their insurance or Medicaid plans cover teletherapy services for their children. Healthy Young Minds collaborates with healthcare organizations and insurance providers in Colorado to offer comprehensive mental health care, including teletherapy services.
Is Teletherapy Effective For Children?
Yes, teletherapy can be effective for children. Teletherapy has been shown to be an effective and viable alternative to in-person therapy for a variety of developmental, behavioral, and mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and learning disabilities.
Studies have found that teletherapy can produce outcomes that are similar to in-person therapy for children and adolescents. Teletherapy can also be more convenient and accessible for families, particularly those who live in rural or remote areas, have transportation difficulties, or have busy schedules.
It is important to note that the effectiveness of teletherapy for children may vary depending on the child's individual needs and preferences, as well as the quality of the teletherapy services provided. However, with the proper training and tools, mental health professionals can provide high-quality teletherapy services that are effective for children and adolescents.
Healthy Young Minds is Committed To:
1. Expanding Access to Teletherapy Services for Children
Healthy Young Minds collaborates with numerous insurance providers, Medicaid programs, and healthcare organizations, including Health First Colorado, CHP+, CHIP+, Cigna, Kaiser of Colorado, and ChampVA, among others. These partnerships play a crucial role in increasing access to mental health, developmental, and behavioral services for Colorado residents, particularly for children and families in need. Teletherapy services offer a flexible and convenient option for those living in rural areas or facing other barriers to in-person care.
2. Specialized Teletherapy Services for Children and Adolescents
Healthy Young Minds offers a range of specialized teletherapy services, such as counseling, testing, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), to cater to the unique needs of children and adolescents. Teletherapy can address various mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and learning disabilities.
3. Raising Mental Health Awareness and Expanding Telehealth Services
HealthyYoungMinds specializes in pediatric mental and behavioral health care, emphasizing early intervention and offering teletherapy services tailored to each child's individual needs. Our engaging, research-driven sessions are designed to deliver lasting relief for the challenges children face. Accessible and hyper-personalized, our online teletherapy sessions are led by highly experienced doctoral or master's level therapists, ensuring a wide range of options and solutions to meet the unique needs of every child. We create care plans that eliminate barriers to rewarding life experiences for both children and their families, while also providing support and resources for siblings and loved ones to foster their own positive growth.
4. Financial Assistance and Support for Teletherapy Services
Healthy Young Minds and its partners offer financial assistance options and support for clients who need mental health, developmental, and behavioral services but cannot afford them or lack adequate insurance coverage. Exploring these options can help ensure that all children have access to essential teletherapy services.
5. Ensuring Quality Teletherapy Services for Children
Quality assurance and improvement are vital for delivering high-quality teletherapy services. Healthy Young Minds and its partners continuously implement measures to maintain and enhance their offerings, ensuring that clients receive the best possible care.