Behavioral Health Fund

The San Miguel Behavioral Health Solutions Panel (Panel) created the Behavioral Health Fund (BH Fund), which is intended to help those living and/or working in San Miguel County to be able to afford individual mental health counseling/therapy services.

2024 Behavioral Health Fund Criteria-Applications being accepted starting November 1, 2023 

Applicants can apply for a scholarship of $110 per session for the first 6 sessions, regardless of income. Any income level will be approved for the first 6 sessions but we will still require proof of income for informational purposes. Depending on income qualifications and having a follow-up meeting with the BH fund navigator after the first 6 sessions, scholarship recipients may be eligible for an additional 6 sessions that will also be reimbursed at $110 per session. The applicant is responsible for any additional cost beyond the scholarship amount or the approved number of sessions. Scholarships are good for one calendar year unless there is a change in income, residence, or place of work. To apply, click on the button at the bottom of this page. 

Tri-County Health Network is the entity which screens and approves these applications. 

The total for this fund is $230,000 for the year. It is possible that the fund will become unavailable should requests meet this mark


FAQs

How do I apply for the BH Fund? 

Follow this link to the application page. Fill out the application, and a TCHN employee will reach out to you after your scholarship eligibility has been determined.

I don’t have a provider. How can I find one?  

You can take a look at our Approved Provider List. If you need assistance finding a provider, you can reach out to bhfund@tchnetwork.org

How do I know if I’m eligible for the BH Fund? 

Anyone who lives or works in San Miguel County is eligible to receive a scholarship for six sessions, regardless of income. We will still ask you about your income for informational purposes, but your income level is not a factor in determining your eligibility for the first six sessions.  

Can I apply if I’m under 18? How should I apply on behalf of my child? 

As of March 2024, San Miguel residents 18 and under should apply using the Youth Fund Application.  

The Youth Fund functions in the same way as the SMBHF and if approved, you can see any BH Fund Approved Provider. The Youth Fund does not currently have a session cap and a scholarship will be provided until the end of 2024, or until funds run out. If you are 12 or over, you do not need to provide your parents’ information to receive a scholarship.  

To apply on behalf of your child, use the Youth Fund application

I was approved for a scholarship. When can I use my sessions? 

You can start using your sessions with an approved provider as soon as you receive your approval letter. Your scholarship is valid until December 31st, 2024, unless your income, residence, or place of work changes.

Will my therapy be free? 

It depends on how much your preferred provider charges. The Behavioral Health Fund pays $110 per session for approved clients. Some providers may charge a small copay if their session rate is over $110. We recommend checking with your provider to see how much they charge.  

I was approved for the BH Fund, but I’m not sure how many sessions I’ve used. How can I find out? 

You can visit the Behavioral Health Fund ID Lookup Page. Find the BHF ID that was sent to you on your initial approval letter and use the page to look it up. If you don’t know your BHF ID, you can contact us at bhfund@tchnetwork.org 

How do I apply for an additional six sessions?

To be eligible for an additional six sessions, you/your household must be at or below 400% of the Federal Poverty Line. You can refer to the chart below to see if you may be. If you think you may be eligible, reach out to bhfund@tchnetwork.org. You will meet with a Behavioral Health Systems Navigator.

I have a provider I already see. Can they be paid through the BH Fund? 

You can check to see if your provider is already approved at our Approved Provider List.. If a provider is not yet on the list, they can apply using the New Provider Application

I’m a provider and I’m interested in becoming approved for the BH Fund. What do I need to apply? 

To apply to become a new approved provider, you will need your current Colorado provider’s license and your W9. Provider must be a licensed mental health provider in the State of Colorado and their license must be current and verifiable through DORA. The provider must apply and be approved prior to starting sessions. Providers also must agree to submit reimbursement requests via Tri-County Health Network’s website (HERE). Providers can apply here.

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