SCS is excited to offer a user-friendly Local Providers Referral Database for students, parents, faculty and staff looking for mental health providers in the Bloomington-Normal community. Utilizing this referral database will help you locate and connect with community providers independently of our Case Manager. Students may wish to utilize this database to find off-campus services for longer-term treatment or specialized services.
For additional information about referrals, online support, and crisis help, refer to the Additional Resources document.
Disclaimer: Providers included in this database have chosen to serve students seeking off-campus services by voluntarily including their information in our database. Student Counseling Center does not endorse any particular provider listed and bears no responsibility for services provided by these resources. We also cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information provided. It is therefore important to verify information with the providers that interest you, including fees and other arrangements. Contact your insurance company to ensure that the clinician you select is a participating provider.
Psychology Today is a wonderful resource in helping students find providers in the community. Students can use this website to search for providers in the local community or for providers in your home community. You can further tailor your search based on your insurance, concerns you would like to address in therapy, gender identity of the therapist, cultural communities served, and more.
The Case Manager at Student Counseling Services provides FREE referral assistance and coordination to help Illinois State students connect with the appropriate resources and services, both on- and off- campus. Our Case Manager is extremely knowledgeable about the organizations and services that ISU and the Bloomington-Normal community can offer our students. The Case Manager is excited to share this information with our students, while empowering each student to connect with the services and resources that will best meet their individual needs. Case management sessions are tailored to each student’s needs and may include:
When should you meet with a Case Manager?
To receive referral information from the Case Manager or to schedule a meeting to discuss referrals with the Case manager, fill out the Case Manager Referral Form. Contact Student Counseling Services today by calling 438-3655. In an emergency, call 911.
Your insurance can help you find mental health providers that are in-network. You can do this by calling the customer service number on the back of your health insurance card, or by going to the insurance carrier’s website and searching for providers. The ISU Student Health Insurance is another very helpful way of providing excellent coverage for mental health counseling.
Suggested questions for your insurance company
The second step is finding a counselor who is experienced with your presenting concerns and a good fit for you personally. If you have a list or providers from your insurance company, call several of them and ask the following questions:
When contacting a therapist, consider asking these questions:
When you call, talk to the therapist personally if possible. Indicate that you are looking at possible therapists and gathering information to make a decision. Be ready to leave your phone number and a time you can be reached in case the therapist is unavailable when you call. It is important that you choose a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and at ease, since your treatment will involve working together as a team. Before you contact a therapist, clarify what qualities you prefer in a therapist (warm, caring, straightforward, honest, gentle, etc. and if you have any other preferences (e.g., Gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious orientation).Referral Coordination
The Student Health Insurance plan has excellent mental health coverage: it will cover outpatient mental health services at 80%, with no session limits. There is a $50 deductible per policy year, which is waived if you have other health insurance. All claim requests are processed through Illinois State University Student Insurance office. In order to insure that your visit is covered, please fill out and return any paperwork sent to you by Student Health Insurance related to your claim. If you do not, you may be responsible for the entire cost of the visit.
If you anticipate seeking mental health care, consider keeping the Student Health Insurance, as sometimes it can be difficult to find providers through other plans.