What will a MindSights Evaluation Cost?
Our hourly rate for most psychological services is $255. This includes time spent interviewing the individual and/or important people in his or her life, administering psychological tests, analyzing/interpreting the data, preparing a detailed report, and debriefing the results. Because of the time required, the total cost for all services included in one of our assessments is often between $3570 – $5100.
More limited/focused assessments can cost much less. For example, intellectual and academic assessments solely for the purpose of identifying giftedness are $975 for children kindergarten-age and younger; $1225 for children in grades 1 through 12. Very complicated assessments, in which we integrate comprehensive cognitive/neurodevelopmental, mental health, and academic test results, can run a bit more.
We do believe that competently-provided and individually-tailored assessments can be extremely beneficial to people and their families alike. The benefits, however, can be reduced if the cost of the assessment creates financial stress. We therefore urge people to carefully consider whether psychological assessment services fit into the family budget.
Commercial Insurance Coverage
Early in our careers, we realized that contracting with private/commercial insurance companies can interfere with our ability work in the client-centered manner we believe is essential to quality psychological services. Therefore, MindSights has opted not to enroll with private insurance panels and is considered out-of-network providers for reimbursement purposes.
If you would like to use private health plan benefits to help defray the costs of services, Mindsights will bill them to obtain any reimbursement you may be entitled under your health plan. It is important to bear in mind that out-of-pocket costs will usually be higher when people utilize non-contracted providers for psychological services. You are encouraged to contact your health insurance company directly to determine the level of coverage included in your plan.
When working with most private/commercial health plans, depending on estimated insurance reimbursement, we do require a prepayment at the beginning of the psychological assessment process. This will be applied to the costs of services. If the combination of the prepayment and any insurance reimbursement results in overpayment, the difference will be promptly refunded to you.
Coverage Through Oregon Health Plan
MindSights is contracted with two OHP providers: HealthShare/CareOregon and PacificSource Community Solutions. To initiate services for OHP members, please have the member’s current mental health provider send us information describing the diagnostic clarification they need to advise further treatment and/or therapy.