Paying for Mental Health Services

There are a lot of different ways to get assistance to meet your needs. It is important to ensure that you are exploring all of the options available to you. We have made an effort to summarize what is indeed available to you below.

Katie Beckett Program

The Katie Beckett Program is a special eligibility process that allows certain Wisconsin children with long-term disabilities, mental illness, or complex medical needs, living at home with their families, to obtain a Wisconsin ForwardHealth Medicaid card.

Children who are not eligible for other Medicaid programs because the income or assets of their parents are too high may be eligible for Medicaid through the Katie Beckett Program. A child may be eligible for this source of Medicaid even if they are currently covered under a private health insurance policy.

Click the image below to find more information on the Katie Beckett Program including, ELIGIBILITY, PROGRAM BENEFITS, and HOW TO APPLY:

Wisconsin HealthCheck

HealthCheck is Wisconsin’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Program. This is a preventative health check-up program for anyone under the age of 21 who is currently eligible for Wisconsin Medicad or BadgerCare Plus. The goal is to prevent or minimize major health issues by:

  • Providing screening exams for childhood health problems, and;
  • Granting right to treatment that is considered medically necessary for any problems uncovered during these screenings.

Screenings will include medical, vision, hearing, and dental exams as well as other assessments if deemed necessary–this can include screening for mental health-related issues.

In order to get a HealthCheck, call 1-800-722-2295 to find your nearest HealthCheck provider. Once identified, schedule an appointment directly with the provider.

Free or Low-Cost Medications

Paying for the proper prescriptions can be extremely costly. There are many resources available to you and your family. We have made an effort to list them below:

  • Wisconsin DHS Prescription Drug Assistance: a list of resources provided by the state that you can use to find information and assistance with prescription drug needs.
  • GoodRx: a useful resource to compare the costs of prescriptions commonly available at pharmacies.