Types of Treatment  |  Finding Services  |  Insurance/Payment

TreatmentAccording to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 30 million Americans need help dealing with feelings and problems that seem beyond their control -- problems with a marriage or relationship, a family situation, or dealing with losing a job, the death of a loved one, depression, stress, burnout, or substance abuse. Those losses and stresses of daily living can at times be significantly debilitating. Sometimes we need outside help from a trained, licensed professional in order to work through these problems. With appropriate treatment, millions of Americans of all ages can live healthier, more productive lives. 

If you've never consulted a mental health provider before, you may not know how to find one who uits your specific needs. Finding the right one for you may require some research.

Types of Treatment

Extraordinary advances have been made in the treatment of mental illness.  As a result, many mental health disorders can now be treated as successfully as physical disorders.  Many people diagnosed with mental illness achieve strength and recovery through participating in individual or group treatment. There are many different treatment options available. There is no treatment that works for everyone – individuals can chose the treatment, or combination of treatments, that works best.

Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of mental illness provided by a trained mental health professional. Psychotherapy explores thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and seeks to improve an individual’s well-being. Psychotherapy paired with medication is the most effective way to promote recovery. Examples include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, etc.

Types of Mental Health Professionals(Mental Health America)
Tips on Finding a Mental Health Care Provider  (
Finding Help: How to Choose a Psychotherapist (American Psychological Association)
What is Psychotherapy? (NIMH)

Medication: Medication does not outright cure mental illness. However, it may help with the management of symptoms. Medication paired with psychotherapy is the most effective way to promote recovery. Mental Health Medications (NIMH)

Case Management: Case management coordinates services for an individual with the help of a case manager. A case manager can help assess, plan, and implement a number of strategies to facilitate recovery.

Hospitalization: In a minority of cases, hospitalization may be necessary so that an individual can be closely monitored, accurately diagnosed or have medications adjusted when his or her mental illness temporarily worsens. Is Hospitalization Necessary?

Support Group: A support group is a group meeting where members guide each other towards the shared goal of recovery. Support groups are often comprised of nonprofessionals, but peers that have suffered from similar experiences.

Complementary & Alternative Medicine: Complementary & Alternative Medicine, or CAM, refers to treatment and practices that are not typically associated with standard care. CAM may be used in place of or addition to standard health practices.

Self Help Plan:  A self-help plan is a unique health plan where an individual addresses his or her condition by implementing strategies that promote wellness. Self-help plans may involve addressing wellness, recovery, triggers or warning signs.

Peer Support: Peer Support refers to receiving help from individuals who have suffered from similar experiences. Peer Services

Finding Services

Payment/Insurance: Visit this page for information about finding services if you have private insurance, public medical assistance (BadgerCare/Medicaid/Medicare) or if you are uninsured or under-insured.

Wisconsin Certified Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Providers by city and county
This list provides address, contact and phone information; services provided; and county and region locations. Provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services Division of Quality Assurance.

County Human Service, Social Service and Community Program Agencies  
Provides help with aging and disability-related services, mental health services, alcohol and other drug abuse services, etc. Also handles applications for low income health care programs such as Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus.

Health Clinics for People With No Insurance
Community health centers, free clinics, rural health clinics and reduced rate dental clinics (does not provide information for mental health or substance abuse treatment).

Take A Screening
Mental Health America offers anonymous online mental health screenings, as well as phone screenings. To take a mental health screening online, visit our homepage and click on Mental Health Screening, or call 414-276-3122.