Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner?

 

A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with specialized training in Psychiatry and Mental Health. A PMHNP-BC received graduate education and clinical training in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric and mental health disorders and obtained national board certification. Working independently and collaboratively with other health professionals, PMHNP’s provide a full range of psychiatric and mental health services. This includes, but is not limited to, diagnosing psychiatric and mental health disorders, prescribing medications to treat psychiatric and mental health disorders, and providing psychotherapy and patient education.  

 

How are you different than other psychiatric providers?

 

Nurse practitioners emphasize the health and well-being of the whole person. We view you as an entire person and an integral part of your treatment, not just a condition or disorder. All choices and experiences in life affect our mental health and we believe that treatment planning must address more than just medication. Together, we will develop a treatment plan that will work best for you. We encourage many of our clients to seek individual or group therapy and we can make referrals if needed. We work closely with therapists and other health professionals to coordinate care so that you may achieve the best results. We advocate for diversity, equity, & inclusion.

What disorders do you treat?

We treat an array of psychiatric and mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, substance use disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder.

At this time, we are not accepting new clients with ADHD who require stimulant medication. 

Can you prescribe medication? Are there limitations to your practice?

Yes, we can prescribe medication. 

However, in the state of Ohio, nurse practitioners can prescribe Schedule II drugs, in certain settings; Please see The Ohio Board of Nursing Laws and Rules. Our practice does not currently offer prescriptions for these medications. 

 

Although we are authorized to prescribe other controlled substances such as benzodiazepines (such as Ativan, Klonopin, and Xanax), we recognize the potential risk for physiological dependence with such medications. Therefore, as a matter of ethical practice, we do not prescribe these medications for long-term use. If you are currently taking these medications and wish to stop, we can work with you to safely discontinue their use over a period of time. If a customized, long-term taper is needed for any medication (including benzodiazepines and antidepressants), please inquire about a personalized treatment plan for you. 

In the state of Ohio, nurse practitioners are required to have a standard care agreement (SCA) with a  physician. We have such an agreement with a local psychiatrist with whom we meet for monthly meetings to review cases and prescribing practices. 

What Insurance do you accept and payments?

Anthem, Buckeye, CareSource, Cigna, Custom Design Benefits, Medicaid, Medical Mutual, Medicare, Optum/United Healthcare, Tricare (Always check back for updates on insurance information).

Cost per Session: $80-$300

Pay By: American Express, Cash, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa, Stripe

 

You are responsible for co-pay

Before you schedule, an appointment always check with your insurance carrier to determine the policy's benefits and any pre-visit requirements.

 

You may have out-of-network mental health insurance benefits, which will cover a percentage of your costs. Contact your insurance company to find out. We can provide you with a "superbill" that you may submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Is There a Cancellation/No-Show Policy?

 

All clients will receive a copy of their signed agreement. The agreement will have all the details and applicable fees required to pay by the client; in the event, proper notification is not received in a timely manner. 

Clients are welcomed to contact Mental Health Soldier, LLC with any other questions not addressed.