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School-based behavioral services can serve as a great asset to your child’s behavioral and/or mental health!
Perhaps the two most important aspects of Pathfinder school-based service are:
If you have ARKids, our services are FREE; and
Services are for Behavioral issues, and not based on your child’s intelligence
Frequently Asked Questions about Pathfinder School-Based Services:
Allow me to address a common misconception about Pathfinder behavioral health services. The workshop in Jacksonville for lower-functioning adults is not associated with the school-based, behavioral, services for which your child may be eligible. We deal almost exclusively with behavioral issues, but also assist our clients by advocating for them with the school and assisting in some legal matters. If your child has problems with defiance, anger, anxiety, depression, lack of friendships or social rejection, or just needs someone to talk to other than their parent(s)/guardian, they can benefit from our services.
Pathfinder Inc., is a non-profit agency, therefore, most of our services are billed through Medicaid/ARKids, which means school-based behavioral health services through Pathfinder are at no charge to you if you have active Medicaid/ARKids. If you have private insurance please note that there are some private health insurance companies that will pay for mental health services. It is important to know and ask your insurance company if they will pay for Mental Health Services and at what level of licensure. Also, inquire about the co-pay amount and the number of sessions that are covered.
Unfortunately, there are some cases in which the family either does not qualify for ARKids, they do not have insurance, or the company will not pay for services. In these cases, the family has one of the following options:
The good news is, you have already completed step one by becoming informed of the services which Pathfinder offers. Your next step, if interested or if you simply need more information, is to contact Retta Jones (428-5221), or stop by our office (main office can give directions) to discuss the process in person. We will need your child’s health insurance information, social security number, and date of birth so we can verify your child’s insurance or Medicaid plan. It is important to note that your child must have visited with their primary care physician within the past 6 months in order to be eligible for services. Finally, an intake session will then be scheduled with therapist, Brandon Rogers, LCSW (501-554-4685), in order to sign consent to treat forms and to develop a plan of intervention to meet both your goals, and your child’s goals.