- 1522 17th Street
- Lewiston, ID 83501
- Hours: Monday - Friday, Starting at 8:00am
- Phone: 208.743.8416
Safe. Comfortable. Relaxed Environment.
Mental health is a key part to your overall health and can improve your quality of life. The goals of behavioral health are similar to those of other primary care treatment: helping people function so that they can lead healthier, fuller lives. Some people may feel uncomfortable about seeing a therapist for personal problems. But, almost everyone is faced at some time with challenges that are hard to fix alone. Getting help for personal problems is just as important as getting help for medical problems. Getting help with a problem is a smart step. It is a sign of personal strength. Mental health strengthens and supports our ability to have healthy relationships, make good life choices, maintain physical health and well-being, handle the natural ups and downs of life, and discover and grow toward our potential.
Whether your provider has recommended you for counseling, or perhaps you decide that it would be helpful for you to talk with a professional, the first step is to make an appointment.
What We Do
Behavioral Health appointments are available to persons ages 12 and older. Our goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you. Behavioral Health may be used to help with the following:
- Clarify a problem (assess and evaluate complex situations)
- Adjust to illness or health concern
- Develop an action plan (identify steps to resolve a situation)
- Handle a crisis
- Sort through your options
- Resolve complex issues with a focused, extended treatment process
- Counseling/Psychotherapy, Individual Services (for patients 12 years and older)
- Specialized Programs (contact us for more information)
What Happens During a Behavioral Health Appointment?
The first appointment involves an intake assessment. This appointment is the time for you to explain your problem, concern, or issue. You may be asked about the history of this problem, significant others in your life, and other lifestyle components to determine and clarify how the therapist may help you and to determine treatment needs. Consider your therapist as a resource. After this assessment process, an individualized treatment plan is developed establishing goals for treatment and strategies and interventions to achieve them.
Behavioral Health appointments generally are approximately 45-55 minute sessions. The counseling office is designed to be comfortable and quiet, to offer a safe and relaxed environment. You and your therapist will determine the frequency of these sessions, which may be weekly, every two weeks, etc., based on your individual treatment needs, progress, and goals. All services are provided in strict confidence. The personal information that you share with your therapist is confidential and not shared outside the program unless you sign a release of information or if law requires disclosure.
In counseling sessions, a variety of evidence-based therapy practices are used to meet the client’s needs and build upon their strengths. Individual counseling offers you a chance to express thoughts, feelings, and concerns, and will provide you the opportunity to better understand your behavior and situation and learn new ways to approach and solve problems. We do our best to provide an accurate and fair assessment that will help guide our treatment planning.
Insurance & Payments
Please contact your insurance carrier to determine your coverage for behavioral health/mental health services. Behavioral health coverage and prior authorization requirements vary by health plan. Many times there is a limit as to how many visits are allowed per year; please discuss any concerns about this with your therapist. A request for extended services can be filed to allow for more sessions to complete your goals of therapy. Co-payments are due at the time of service. No more than a $500 balance can be carried for services provided.
Confidentiality & Medical Records
Providing a safe environment is important to the therapeutic work that we do. Part of that safe environment is confidentiality. Everything we discuss is confidential, except matters pertaining to (1) intention of self-harm and/or harm to another person, (2) physical/sexual abuse or neglect of minors, persons with disabilities, and the elderly, (3) legal activity resulting in court order, and (4) to anything else required by law. For those matters, legally and ethically confidentiality would be broken. Of course, we would be willing to share information with any other professional or agency that you wish provided that you sign a Release of Information form. We abide by the professional code of ethics and adhere to the U.S. and State of Idaho statutes.
Health information sharing is an important part of delivering quality health care to individuals. However, your behavioral health record is protected information and will only be shared with your permission by signing a Release of Information form.
Lewiston-Clarkston Crisis Hotline: 1-800-669-3176
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
For more information on Behavioral Health, contact Tri-State Clearwater Medical Clinic at 208.743.8416.