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Lindner Center of HOPE Expands Fund for Financial Assistance for Mental Health Services for First Responders to Include Health Care Workers Amidst Stress of Pandemic

Novel Coronavirus Is Increasing Need for Mental Health Care and Substance Use Treatment

Mason, OH –Lindner Center of HOPE is expanding its mental health services patient assistance fund established in February 2020 to help first responders with costs associated with the treatment of mental illness and substance use to include Tri-State area health care workers. The increased stress and uncertainty caused by the pandemic is exacerbating symptoms of mental illness and substance use disorders. The community’s health care workers are experiencing an unprecedented set of challenges as they face COVID-19, so their mental wellness and stability is even more critical.

With the amendment to the policy for the use of the fund, health care workers would be considered “First Responders” and may be eligible to receive financial assistance for mental health services at Lindner Center of HOPE.

Lindner Center of HOPE’s eleventh annual Touchdown for HOPE Super Bowl Sunday event at the Great American Ballpark Champions Club raised $195,000 for this patient assistance fund in February 2020.

Health care workers and first responders can contact Lindner Center of HOPE for outpatient services, (including partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, Neuromodulation services, medication assisted treatment and outpatient appointments) and residential treatment services and share their health care role. Costs outside of insurance coverage would be eligible for funds up to $5000 per six month period, as long as funds remain available. Lindnercenterofhope.org offers information regarding contacting the center for the listed services.

While funds are available, patient’s health care claims will be filed by Lindner Center of HOPE, accepting no patient co-pays. All fees may be considered for use of the funds.

Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason is a comprehensive mental health center providing excellent, patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science, mental health center and charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, the Center provides psychiatric hospitalization and partial hospitalization for individuals age 12-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, diagnostic services for all ages and short-term residential services for adults, outpatient services for substance abuse through HOPE Center North location and co-occurring disorders for adults and research. The Center is enhanced by its partnership with UC Health as its clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally. Together Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health offer a true system of mental health care in the Greater Cincinnati area and across the country. The Center is also affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.