How to access Mental Health Care

Accessing mental health care can be a confusing and daunting task. In a moment of distress, it can seem overwhelming. Here are a few pointers. There are many places to ask for help to guide through this process.


For Students

Campus Health (CAPS) at University of Arizona provides brief counseling for students. Detailed information may be found on their website.

For Faculty/ Staff

Life/Work Connections at University of Arizona is a resource for faculty and staff. They can direct you to local community resources as well as provide brief counseling support.

Private insurance

Most insurance cards have a number on the back of the card indicating mental health. You can call directly and ask for a list of mental health professionals who are in the contracted network. Some insurances may assist in scheduling appointments. Most insurances will have providers identified with specialties such as eating disorders, relationships, substance use.

It is helpful to ask about your mental health benefit coverage such as number of sessions covered and co-pay.


Behavioral health services are covered by Cenpatico Integrated Care
You can start services by calling the Customer Care Center 866-495-6738 or going to the website. AHCCS does not contract with psychotherapists in private practice. Counseling services are provided via their in-network regional behavioral health centers.

Low Cost Services

Some places offer low cost psychotherapy services. Some local psychotherapists offer a sliding fee.

Support Groups

Support groups can be an excellent way to obtain support and develop connection. There are a large variety in the Tucson community including for pregnancy/postpartum support, substance use, eating disorders, etc.

12-Step Groups

12-Step groups are free and anonymous groups. Open meetings are for anyone interested. Closed meetings are for those who desire the help related to the specific group.

If you are in crisis or need immediate assistance, call the Crisis Response Center at 520-622-6000 or 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.