Americares offers a variety of resources for behavioral health providers in the U.S., including free psychotropic and primary care medicine, as well as medical supplies and personal care products, for distribution to patients that cannot afford their prescriptions, serving as a valuable resource for the sector. This enables more low-income, uninsured and underinsured people with behavioral health disorders to access the medicine they need.
Resources for the Uninsured and Underinsured with Mental Illness
Mental illness is a significant and widespread problem in the United States – nationally, 43.8 million adults experienced a mental illness in the past year, with 10 million adults coping with a serious mental illness (SMI). People with mental illness are twice as likely to be poor and uninsured as compared to the general population. Those who lack insurance have difficulty accessing treatment and needed medications and are thus at an increased risk of hospitalization, poor health outcomes and diminished quality of life.
Americares Access to Medicine Program offers behavioral health providers access to high-quality psychotropic and primary care medicine at no cost. Learn more here / Become a Partner today.
Americares and the National Council for Behavioral Health
The National Council for Behavioral Health and Americares are partnering to raise awareness about the resources offered through Americares. The Council hosted a webinar to share information about the Mental Health Initiative (MHI) and how your center can apply to receive free medicine, supplies and vaccines for low-income, uninsured and underinsured clients.
Behavioral Health Programs
Addressing the mental and behavioral health needs of the low-income, uninsured and underinsured is a strategic priority for Americares U.S. Program. In addition to our Access to Medicine program for behavioral health providers, Americares is working to deepen our programmatic impact on the behavioral health safety net through the following programs:
- Mental Health First Aid
- SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment)
- Medication Adherence Texting Program in collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health
- Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) in collaboration with ECHO-Chicago
Materials and Resources
- Americares U.S. Program Behavioral Health Overview
- A Novel Collaborative Practice Model for the Treatment of Mental Illness in a Free Clinic Setting
- National Behavioral Health Barometer - Report by SAMHSA-HRSA
- Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015 – Mental Health America
- Suicide Safe: The Suicide Prevention App for Health Care Providers - Free SAMHSA Resource
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse - Report by Addiction Resource
- StartYourRecovery.org - Support for overcoming substance misuse