If you need to locate mental health care providers who are “in network” with your insurance company, accept Medicare/Medicaid, and/or offer a “sliding scale” based on income, see below.
Inclusion of any of the below resources does not constitute endorsement. Neither does exclusion necessarily signify lack of endorsement for any particular resource. Please visit Dr. Ascher’s Code of Ethics for more information.
University-Affiliated Mental Health Programs
The Outpatient Psychiatry Center of the Penn Medicine Department of Psychiatry
3535 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
New Patient Appointments: 1-866-301-4724
Residents at the University of Pennsylvania can see patients for psychotherapy with the following insurances:
Aetna student health (separate from just Aetna)
Personal choice for non-Penn employees (many other employers in the city)
Residents can also see SELF-PAY ($35/session) patients if they DO NOT have Medicare, Blue Shield, or Aetna.
Patients are recommended to call the intake line 1-866-301-4724 (4PBH) and ask specifically for an Assessment Clinic evaluation with residents for possible psychotherapy.
Einstein Healthcare Network: Mental and Behavioral Health
For outpatient admissions, call 215-456-9850
Jefferson’s Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Service
For outpatient admissions, call 215-955-8962
Temple University Hospital Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
For appointments, call (215) 707-8496
Call 1.866.CALL.MLH (1.866.225.5654) Monday through Friday between 8:00 am–6:00 pm ET.
“In-Network” Insurance-Based Services and/or Sliding-Scale Based on Income Services
J. Snyder Therapeutic Services (Blue Bell, PA)
Perri Shaw Borish, MSS, LCSW, (Center City) – accepts Aetna Penn Student Health Insurance
Philadelphia Institute for Individual Relational & Sex Therapy (Center City and Media, PA)
The Volpicelli Center: Addiction Treatment in Plymouth Meeting, PA (only accepts Aetna)
Dr. Marc Feldman (Addiction Psychotherapy)
Spectrum Behavioral Services: Dr. Pamela Ralph (Psychiatrist) in Springfield, PA 484-472-7430.
1800 JFK Blvd., Suite 1404
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Low-Cost Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
La Salle University Community Center
PCOM Center for Brief Therapy
CBH Member Services. Member Services operates the toll-free help line for Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS). Someone is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you or someone you know would like to talk with a caring person who can help with connecting to behavioral health treatment, regardless of insurance status, please call Member Services at 1-888-545-2600.
DBHIDS operates a 24-hour telephone hotline to assist people and their families dealing with behavioral health emergencies. Philadelphia residents will receive counseling, guidance, and direction for receiving prompt evaluative and treatment services. 215.686.4420
Child Abuse/Neglect: DHS Reporting Line (215) 683-6100
Crisis Response Centers for Substance Abuse/Mental Health Emergencies:
Northeast: Friends Hospital (215) 831-2600
Northwest, Germantown, & Roxborough: Einstein Hospital at Germantown (215) 951-8300
North: Temple/Episcopal Hospital (215) 707-2577
Center City & South: Hall-Mercer/Pennsylvania Hospital (215) 829-5249
West & Southwest: Mercy Hospital (215) 748-9525
Children Only: Children’s Crisis Response Center Project at Einstein Hospital (215) 951-8300
Mental Health: Philadelphia Mobile Emergency Team (215) 685-6440
Rape/Sexual Violence: Women Organized Against Rape (215) 985-3333 or Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline (866) 723-3014
Substance Abuse: Lighthouse Network 1-877-562-2565
Suicide: Philadelphia Suicide and Crisis Center (215) 686-4420 or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Caron Detox Services in Wernersville, PA
Serenity at Summit in Union, NJ
Sunrise Detox in Cherry Hill, NJ
The Healing Way (sliding scale based on income)
Methadone Clinics in Pennsylvania: Call 800-530-0431
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