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What does a Mental Health Treatment Plan look like?

What does a Mental Health Treatment Plan look like?

A Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) is a written document outlining a person’s mental health treatment and care needs, helping achieve goals set between the patient and the doctor to improve their mental health condition. It includes the patient’s personal information, diagnosis, goals, and treatment approach. It should also show how many sessions you are covered for, any provider information in the case of referrals, and the date for your next review. You will be provided with a copy of your own records, and copies will be sent to any healthcare professionals involved in your care. 

You can book an assessment for a Mental Health Treatment Plan online. This is a bulk bill service for Medicare card holders. 

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Patients with a valid Medicare card can access our Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) assessment and review consultations with no out of pocket expenses (that is, bulk billed). There may be additional costs for things associated with your appointment, like medication, or treatments with any specialists or mental health professionals to which you are referred. If you don’t have a Medicare card, you can book a private fee ap...
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Providers will set their own fees, so it’s best to check directly with them on what you will pay to access their services. This includes what you may pay upfront, and what you will get back from Medicare, so you can calculate your out-of-pocket expenses.  As a guide, here is a pricing table from our online psychology partner, Recharge Wellness.   *Doctors on Demand has partnered with online psychology providers and may receive spons...
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Patients with a valid Medicare card can access our Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) assessment and review consultations with no out of pocket expenses. If you do not have a Medicare card and are paying a fee for your mental health appointment on our service, please check with your insurer if you can claim this back. If you go on to access other mental health services as part of your plan, the mental health professional wil...
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If a service is bulk billed, there is no cost associated with your appointment. Patients with a valid Medicare card can access our Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) assessment and review consultations with no out of pocket expenses (that is, bulk billed). There may be additional costs for things associated with your appointment, like medication, or treatments with any specialists or mental health professionals to which you ...
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If your doctor believes medication should form part of your treatment plan, they may prescribe medication. Alternatively, they may provide a referral to a psychiatrist, and the psychiatrist may prescribe medication. Your doctor/s may suggest multiple options for your treatment; however, medication does not always form part of a mental health treatment plan. You can book an assessment for a Mental Health Treatment Plan online....
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You may be able to participate in 2 sessions per calendar year as part of the Mental Health Treatment Plan of the person you care for. Visit the Services Australia website for the most up to date information.  
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A rebated Mental Health Treatment Plan can only be issued to patients with a valid Medicare card at the discretion of the treating Doctor. If you are not issued a plan, the Doctor will give you their reasons for not doing so and suggest alternatives for your care.  If you believe this is not the best outcome for your care, ensure you have a conversation with your doctor about why you believe a rebated Mental Health Treatment Plan would meet your needs.  If you don’t have a valid Medicare car...
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If necessary, your Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) plan can include referrals to mental health specialists or allied health professionals, ensuring you receive comprehensive care. This may include access to psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, or occupational therapists. For more info on some of these specialties, check out our article ‘P...
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A mental health treatment plan lets you claim up to 10 individual and 10 group sessions with a mental health professional each calendar year. To start with, your doctor will refer you for up to 6 sessions at a time. If you need more, they can refer you for further sessions at your follow up appointment. Health professionals set their own fees, so Medicare may only cover some of the cost. When you mak...
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A Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) covers a range of mental health services and treatments for individuals with diagnosed mental health conditions. This could include things like psychology, psychiatry, counselling, group therapy or individual therapy, support groups, self-help strategies, lifestyle changes or medication. See our separate FAQ on ‘How long does a Mental Health Tr...
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A Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) is a written document outlining a person’s mental health treatment and care needs, helping achieve goals set between the patient and the doctor to improve their mental health condition. It includes the patient’s personal information, diagnosis, goals, and treatment approach. It should also show how many sessions you are covered for, any provider information in the case of referrals, and the date for your next review. You will be provided with a copy of y...
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A Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) starts with an initial GP assessment. In this assessment, you have the time to discuss your symptoms, concerns, and goals for treatment with your doctor.  Your doctor will be central to coordinating your treatment plan based on your diagnosis, treatment options and goals. The plan may involve a combination of treatments and support networks.  If necessary, they may refer you to a mental health professional, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or counsell...
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One of the primary reasons for obtaining a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) is to access Medicare benefits for psychology sessions. With a valid plan, you can receive Medicare rebates for up to 10 sessions with eligible mental health professionals, reducing the cost of treatment. You will need a valid Medicare card to be assessed for a MHTP, and to receive a MHTP that is eligible for Medicare rebates. A MHTP isn’t just a piece of paper – it’s an actual plan for your mental health tr...
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There are a few parts to this: The plan itself Many patients will not require a new GP Mental Health Treatment Plan after their initial plan has been prepared. You may receive a new plan if your doctor believes it is clinically required. Your allowance of Medicare rebated mental health sessions Separately, the sessions that you receive under your Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) are valid until the referred number of sessions have been completed, rather than a specified time period. Eligible ...
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Book an appointment with one of our mental health trained Doctors by clicking ‘Get Started’ (and select ‘Mental Health’ from the list if necessar...
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A qualified healthcare provider, such as a GP, must assess your eligibility for a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP). This assessment includes evaluating your mental health condition, treatment needs, and goals. You will need a valid Medicare card to be assessed for a MHTP, and to receive a MHTP that is eligible for rebates.  If you don’t have a Medicare card, you will not be eligible for a bulk billed assessment or a Medicare subsidised MHTP.   If you are eligible for Medicare but do not ...
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There is no specific limit on the number of Mental Health Care Plans you can receive, but your initial plan should continue over some time. If your doctor believes it is clinically required, like when a significant change occurs, they can work with you on a new plan.  However, this is different to how often you can get Medicare rebated sessions under your Mental Health Treatment Plan; that number resets every calendar year, allowing you to claim for up to 10 sessions with eligible mental health...
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In Australia, a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) is a structured plan that outlines the treatment and support a person with mental health issues can receive. Your mental health treatment plan will be developed and agreed to by you in collaboration with your doctor and will include the goals, treatment options and support services available. The MHTP is part of the Australian government’s mental health initiative, which aims to provide accessible and effective mental health care to indiv...
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