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  • Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Recovery Coach
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Pain Management
  • SAP

 

The amount that your insurance company may reimburse you for services is determined on a case by case basis by the insurance company when you submit a Superbill. See Billing Insurance below for more information.

How Insurance Works

Coastal bluff with bayIn-Network Providers: Some licensed advanced alcohol and drug counselors (LAADC) sign contracts with insurance companies to provide services and are reimbursed by insurance companies at a fixed rate. These contracted counselors are called "In-Network Providers". Insurance companies prefer that you use In-Network Providers. The contracted reimbursement rates are typically much lower than the rates most counselors charge for services. For example, most LAADCs charge somewhere between $120 and $150 for a 50 minute session. Insurance companies will reimburse In-Network Providers typically in the range of $65 to $80 for a session. The advantage for In-Network Providers is that they receive referrals from the health plan (more patients).

Out-of Network Providers: Many insurance companies will also reimburse if you receive services from an Out-of-Network or Non-Contracted Provider. This reimbursement works differently as there is no contracted reimbursement rate. Insurance companies will typically reimburse either a set amount (for example, $65/session, no matter the cost of the session) or a percentage of the session cost (for example, 50% of the amount billed). You are then responsible for paying the difference between what the counselor charges ($120/session, for example), and what the insurance company reimburses (for example, 50%, or $60). At ACIS we require that you pay the full fee at the time of service and then submit a Superbill for reimbursement (see below).

Some insurance companies will not reimburse Out-of-Network Providers at all in an effort to control their costs. In this case you are responsible for the full session cost.

Scott Henrywestwood is an Out-of-Network or Non-Contracted Provider for national insurance companies (Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Aetna, Magellan, etc.), an In-Network Provider for Cigna, Beacon Health Options, Military One Source, and other contracts are in process.

Billing Insurance
If you receive services from us as an Out-of Network Provider we can provide you with what is called a Superbill. A Superbill is simply a bill for the services you have received and paid for that has all of the information that an insurance company will need to consider reimbursing you for those services. You will need to contact your insurance company to find out how to submit a Superbill for reimbursement. Procedures may differ by insurance company.

Please notify your counselor at your first session if you would like us to prepare Superbills for you. Typically we complete Superbills on a monthly basis, but at your advanced request, we can give them to you more frequently.

What You Should Know
You are responsible for understanding your insurance benefits and what will and will not be covered. Some questions you should ask your insurance provider before starting counseling are as follows:

  • What type of plan do I have (e.g., HMO, PPO, EPO, etc.)?
  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What is my coverage for substance use disorder counseling/therapy?
    • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
    • What is my co-pay amount per counseling/therapy session?
    • What is my deductible for an Out-of-Network Provider and has it been met?
  • Does my insurance cover services for an ACIS provider?
  • Does my insurance require a licensed counselor?
  • Is a referral required from my primary care physician?
  • Is a “prior authorization code” or other approval required before I start counseling/therapy?

Other Important Information
Insurance will not pay for missed or late-cancel sessions. In these cases, you will be responsible for the full session fee. A minimum of 24 hours notice of cancellation is required.

If your insurance company requests a report in order to process your claim, you are responsible for payment for the report writing service. We will notify you of this requirement in advance of writing and billing for the report.

Questions?
If you have any questions about insurance or how our billing works, please make sure to ask us at your first appointment!

 

Individual/Couples/Family Counseling
Initial 15-minute phone consultation is complimentary. Counseling services are $120.00 per 50 minute session.

In an effort to make services available to all, a sliding scale for fees is available to those who qualify. Fees are based upon 50 minute session.

Number of People in Your Household

Annual Household Income

1

2

3

4+

<$40,000

$75

$70

$65

$55

$40,001-$50,000

$80

$75

$70

$65

$50,001-$60,000

$90

$85

$80

$75

$60,001-$70,000

$100

$90

$80

$70

$70,001-$80,000

$110

$100

$90

$80

$80,001-$90,000

$120

$110

$100

$90

$90,001+

$120

$120

$120

$120


In order to qualify for this fee adjustment, clients need to provide copies of the first page of their 1040 for the last two years. If a client cannot afford this fee, we will make every effort to accommodate or refer that client to a nearby community counseling center.

Group Counseling
$45 per 90 minute session
$35 per 55 minute session

The 10 session Professional Relapse Prevention or the Addiction-Free Pain Management Groups are $400, paid upfront for 10 consecutive sessions. If you miss a session there is no way to make it up. The sessions usually last 90 minutes.

If a client qualifies for the Sliding Scale for Fees, we can reduce the group session rate by $5.

Cancellation Policy
If you schedule a session, we reserve that time for you. We are not able to schedule anyone else for that session. If you cancel 24 hours in advance you may reschedule your private session at no charge. Cancelling a session within 24 hours requires full payment for that session.

If we are required to go beyond the standard cancellation policy i.e., letters, respond to outside parties, agencies, we also reserve the right to assess those fees directly to you, the client.

Refund Policy
Once payment is made, there are no refunds.

Other Costs
Clients are responsible for costs of required materials and/or resources, i.e., books, workbooks, journals, etc.. Relapse Prevention and Addiction-Free Pain Management, Sex Addiction programs require a workbook. If a need arises for incidentals relative to treatment needs, the client is responsible to cover fees incurred.

 

An Intervention has Three Phases:

  1. The first phase begins after the initial consultation and includes the preparatory work for the intervention, the ACIS Interventionist network session(s), and the necessary follow-up sessions to facilitate the loved-one's  acceptance of treatment and program recommendations. Together, we determine which treatment options are best for the addict. This will include screening and recommendations for Detox, Inpatient/Residential, Outpatient, Recovery Coaching, and Continuing Care Treatment.
  2. The second phase begins with entry into any form of treatment, and covers the treatment coordination and aftercare services for three months. Treatment is defined as any level of care, including detox, inpatient/residential, day treatment, outpatient, recovery coaching, and/or self-help support meetings. The second phase does not cover the cost of treatment. If any form of treatment is to be provided, a referral to the agency is made. We discuss the options available and the fees associated with each option. The second phase services involve: consulting, screening, provision of referrals and recommendations for inpatient and/or outpatient treatment; interface between the Intervention team and the various treatment providers, coordination of aftercare; integration planning if the individual is returning home or to the community; and, our on-going support.
    1. ACIS provides information and referrals to self-help meetings, to develop a self-help support network; information and support regarding any questions related to ongoing treatment and other necessary issues, i.e., relapse prevention; 12-step and non-12-step groups, and/or church groups that can assist if a relapse occurs.
    2. These functions are a critical aspect of the work for the first 3-months of recovery. Usually these services go beyond the 3-month period following the beginning of treatment. Monitoring and accountability are essential to ensure lasting recovery.
  3. The third phase is continuing Recovery Management Services for a period of nine (9) months immediately following the second phase. These services can be paid for based on a hourly fee or on an agreed upon flat monthly fee.

Intervention Payment Options:
There are two options to pay for ACIS' Intervention Services. For either payment option, a non-refundable deposit of $900.00 is required to begin services. The first option is a flat rate of $1,800.00, the remaining $900.00 of flat rate fee is paid when loved one accepts treatment; the second option is having each session paid for individually. We bill an hourly fee of $150.

With each method of payment, the ACIS process is the same and will continue for a period of three months after the client has entered treatment.

To continue with ACIS' third phase after reaching three months of recovery,  you can pay for services on an hourly rate or chose a flat rate agreement, to be paid monthly.

We do not bill your insurance for these services because insurance does not cover Intervention services (except in the State of Pennsylvania, where you may file a claim for reimbursement).

A sliding fee scale will be considered based upon income. A financial assessment is required to qualify for a reduced fee request.

Location:
Much of the ACIS Intervention and treatment process can be provided in person, on the telephone, via email, secure video conferencing, and/or in the Interventionist's office. When we provide services "on-site" and outside 100 miles from our corporate office location (San Jose, CA), an on-site consultant fee is assessed beyond the agreed service fee.

The out-of-the-area travel costs may include airline flights, ground transportation, and lodging charges. When anticipated travel costs exceed $300.00, we require a specific deposit be made prior to travel. We assess the State of California rate of .56 cents per mile for driving our own vehicle beyond 100 miles. We assess a travel fee of $50.00 per hour after traveling first 100 miles. We bill for travel costs by separate invoice and that fee is due upon receipt.

Option for Second Interventionist:
In cases of serious recidivism and/or serious dual diagnosis, the services of two Interventionists may be required. Regardless of the payment option chosen, the second Interventionist will be used sparingly, and will be billed at the hourly rate of $125 per hour. We only proceed with a second Interventionist with your written approval.

Terms and Conditions:
Terms of our Flat Rate or Hourly Rate fees contract for First Phase are due at the time our sessions begin. The first phone consultation of up to 30 minutes is complimentary. Our intake assessment and preparation sessions are usually done over the phone and prior to the initial intervention team meeting, and requires payment of the non-refundable fee before we begin.

  1. For clients choosing the Flat Rate fee option, a $900.00 non-refundable payment is required. The remaining balance of $900.00 is payable when loved one accepts treatment.
  2. For clients choosing the Hourly Rate fees, a $900.00 non-refundable payment is required, to be applied for up to the first 6 hours of services, and subsequent fees are required at the time of each session.
  3. The Interventionist will transport the loved one to treatment. This service is included in the $900.00 fee payable when loved one accepts treatment. For Hourly Rate fees the $150.00 per hour applies.
  4. If the concerned other is acute, in chronic relapse, with serious co-occurring mental health status, we may require an additional Interventionist to be assigned to the case. With your prior approval, an additional fee of $125.00 per hour will be required at the time of each session.

Non-Sufficient Funds and Outstanding Balance
Should a check be returned with insufficient funds, the client will be responsible for paying any ‘return check fee’ incurred by ACIS (in addition to the amount of the bad check), and will be asked to pay by Cashier's Check, Money Order, Bank Wire Transfer, Credit Card, or in cash for all future transactions. If fees are not paid at the time of services rendered, an interest rate of 10% will be charged on fees which are 30 days overdue. This 10% interest rate will apply each month that your fees are overdue. If your account has not been paid for more than 30 days and arrangements for payment have not been agreed upon, ACIS has the option of using legal means to secure the payment. This may involve hiring a collection agency or going through small claims court. If such legal action is necessary, its costs will be included in the claim. In most collection situations, the only information ACIS releases regarding a client’s case is his/her name, the nature of services provided, and the amount due.

Cancellation Policy
Once an appointment is scheduled, we reserve the time for you, and we expect a minimum payment of one hour $150.00; unless you provide 24 hours advance notice of cancellation (by phone call), or unless we both agree that you were unable to attend due to circumstances beyond your control. When cancellations occur, we will either find another time to reschedule the appointment or resume with the next regularly scheduled appointment time.

 

The fee structure for recovery coaching is identical to individual counseling. See the counseling tab for more detail.

  • Relapse Prevention Counseling
  • Relapse Prevention Support Group
  • Professionals Relapse Prevention Support Group

 

The fee structure for one-on-one relapse prevention is identical to individual counseling. See the counseling tab for more detail.

 

For Whom:

Recovering people with 3+ months of continuous sobriety.

Where:

San Jose, California

When:

Tuesdays, 6:00 to 7:45pm or 8:00 to 9:45pm

Cost:

$200 per month regardless of how many times you attend, and new members commit to and pay for the first 3 months in advance to confirm commitment and to protect the anonymity of other members.

Facilitator:

Scott Henrywestwood, MA, LAADC, CADC-II, ACRPS, GIP/IS

 

It is clear that all alcoholics and addicts have challenges that can pose a significant threat to their attempts to get clean and sober. The issues typically range from maintaining a commitment to stop using, stopping a relapse quickly if it occurs, identifying and managing high-risk situations, development of a habitual style of living that minimizes exposure to high-risk situations and support in managing high-risk situations through skill building, and development of a solid recovery plan. Having a peer support group provides a safe place for you to openly discuss your issues without the judgment and shame that is often experienced. It also provides an opportunity for you to get peer feedback on issues pertinent to the challenges of maintaining recovery.

This is a confidential relapse prevention support group designed to assist you to acquire, maintain, and enhance recovery from substance abuse and dependence. The group process will assist the participants in developing and quantifying a solid recovery program and identify specific and individualized relapse warning signs. The group is interactive and supportive, members can expect to learn how to give and received honest feedback. Group members gain a functional sober support system that serves as an adjunct to their already existing recovery activities. It is important to note that this group is not intended to be "in lieu of" 12-Step meetings, SMART Recovery or other self-help support groups, but "in addition to". Group members are expected to be "working a program" outside of the group.

This group offers a wonderful opportunity for members to move forward on their journey in recovery. It is appropriate for members dealing with early to late stage recovery issues. All group goals will be individualized and specific. The group stresses and respects confidentiality and privacy. All potential group members must complete a pre-screening with Scott Henrywestwood to determine eligibility prior to joining the group.

 

For Whom:

Primarily for Attorneys/Legal, Business, Healthcare, and other professionals.

Where:

San Jose, California

When:

Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:45pm or 8:00 to 9:45pm

Cost:

$300 per month regardless of how many times you attend, and new members commit to and pay for the first 3 months in advance to confirm commitment and to protect the anonymity of other members.

Facilitator:

Scott Henrywestwood, MA, LAADC, CADC-II, ACRPS, GIP/IS-E

 

It is clear that professionals with high pressure, stressful careers have challenges related to their profession that can pose a significant threat to their attempts to get clean and sober. The issues typically range from access to drugs, identity overly associated with their job, professional codependency/enabling, professional shame, grandiosity, fear of exposure, other people being resistant to confront the addiction, and difficulty self-disclosing in 12-Step meetings. Having a peer support group provides a safe place for professionals to openly discuss their issues without the judgment and shame they often experience. It also provides an opportunity for them to get peer feedback on issues pertinent to the challenges of maintaining a career and recovery.

This is a confidential relapse prevention support group designed to assist Attorneys/Legal, Business, Healthcare, and other professionals to acquire, maintain, and enhance recovery from substance abuse and dependence. The group process will assist the participants in developing and quantifying a solid recovery program and identify specific and individualized relapse warning signs. The group is interactive and supportive, members can expect to learn how to give and received honest feedback. Group members will gain a functional sober support system that will serve as an adjunct to their already existing recovery activities. It is important to note that this group is not intended to be "in lieu of" 12-Step meetings, SMART Recovery or other self-help support groups, but "in addition to". Group members are expected to be "working a program" outside of the group.

This group offers a wonderful opportunity for members to move forward on their journey in recovery. It is appropriate for members dealing with early to late stage recovery issues. All group goals will be individualized and specific. The group stresses and respects confidentiality and privacy. All potential group members must complete a pre-screening with Scott Henrywestwood to determine eligibility prior to joining the group.

 

The fee structure for addiction-free pain management is identical to individual counseling. See the counseling tab for more detail.

 

The fixed fee for U.S. Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professionals face-to-face assessment & evaluation, treatment plan, periodic check-ins, updated evaluation face-to-face, follow-up testing schedule, and reports --- entire process in our practice is $475.00, payable at the time of the initial appointment, in cash, a cashier’s check, or a money order made out to ACIS.