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Hi! You know, to give you the best answer, I think I should ask you a few questions first that will help define the problem and the situation.
Self pay in NYC is not going to be affordable by Denver standards (where I live). I just worked with a family in Brooklyn who needed help for a family member and affordable meant getting into the state health system, the Medicaid system. That meant public clinics and hospitals. Is this something she would work within?
She would also need to be a resident. Is this the case?
If she's not a resident, she's limited to emergency treatment. Is she willing to do that?
If not, is she willing to go to a religious congregation and try to get them to sponsor her health care? She would have to make a case that she is from that religion/denomination.
Any extra information that will help, feel free to share.
I felt a little uncomfortable with all of the questions asked initially on this site, asking me my income, etc. It makes me suspicious of where this information is going. It is difficult to deal with her emotional instability and she is living very far away from us now. She would not stick with anything we tried with her in the past. She is bright and very attractive but emotionally unpredictable. She is already wanting to move back because she is having trouble dealing with the dog eat dog world in NY
Thank you for the replies to the questions and the added information. It helps a lot.
I'm sorry that I implied I needed information about you. What I wanted to know was whether SHE has resources to pay for a psychiatrist and psychologist/psychotherapist. It is true that if you are her guardians you will indeed need to give information to the state and county agencies about yourselves for her to receive aid.
But it sounds as though she doesn't want to be in the public care system. If so, and she doesn't have insurance, she will have to negotiate with doctors and therapists on her own. I'll therefore give you two resources for that she might be able to get help from on how to proceed:
First, there is Dr. Shirley Schaye in Manhattan.(NNN) NNN-NNNN She has been a colleague here at JustAnswer for a long time and I think she's terrific. She may be able to refer her to someone, perhaps someone who's doing supervised practice and would take a very reduced fee. Tell her Dr. Mark at JustAnswer recommended you contact her.
Second, here is the web address for Psychology Today's therapist directory. You can sort by zip codes and when you see someone who seems like they might be helpful (they show you a photo of the therapist!) look at the listing and see if they list sliding fees in their listing. Interview the therapist and make sure he/she shares your values and you each feel confident in him or her. http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/
Okay, I wish you the very best!
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