FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)


Q. What does it mean to have a mental illness? 

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Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Q. What is considered a serious mental illness? 

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Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder. All mental disorders fall along a continuum of severity.

Q. How can I initiate services with CCMHS?

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Call our main office at 301-341-5111 or complete the referral form on our website. Once we receive your information, we will set up your first appointment.

Q. What if I don`t have insurance, is there is sliding scale fee?

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Yes. When your visit is scheduled be sure to discuss this with the receptionist, so that they may provide additional information.

Q. Once my intake appointment is completed, how long will it take until I am assigned a therapist or can see the psychiatrist?

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Assignment to a therapist may take up to 1 week after initial intake appointment.  Your appointment with the psychiatrist (as necessary) is scheduled the same day of your intake and should be within 1 week of the intake.
 
Q.  It has been a long time since I had intake, and I have not been contacted regarding my therapist or psychiatrist appointment.

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Contact the Clinical Director for your clinic; he/she will be able to let you know the status of your case.
 
Q. Which types of insurance does CCMHS accept?

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We accept MD and DC Medicaid, Medicare, Chartered Health/Beacon, Unison, PAC, Tricare, Cigna, Aetna, APS, United Behavioral Health, Health Services for Children with Special Needs, all PPO’s.
 
Q. I have Medicare/Medicaid. Do I have co-pay?

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There are various forms of Medicaid, and it is possible for you to have a co–pay.  When your initial appointment is set up, you will be informed of your co–pay amount.
 
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 301-341-5111.