Sometimes students prefer to see a counselor off-campus. Off-campus providers often have evening or weekend hours, and might be available for more long-term counseling. Student Counseling Services' Case Manager assists students with arranging off-campus care. Our Case Manager has extensive information and knowledge about the various services and agencies available on campus and within the Bloomington-Normal community. The case manager can:
If you would like to meet with the SCS case manager, contact Student Counseling Services at 309.438.3655.
Students can also contact community providers themselves. The following tips can help students find the counselor that is right for them. Often the first step is to clarify whether you want to use your insurance or to pay out-of-pocket. If you want to use your insurance, call the 800 number on the back of your card to call for "Mental Health Benefits." They will ask you for your ID # off the front of the card. Ask them what your "Outpatient Mental Health Benefits" are. They should be able to tell you if you will owe a deductible or co-payment for visits and how many visit you will be allowed per year. Then ask for a listing of names of therapists and/or psychiatric services in the 61761 zip code. Make sure to get more than one or two names, as you may need to call several different people. They may also give you a website on which you can look up this information.
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).
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.