TRICARE provider applications open

Posted on Oct 14 2011

ROCKVILLE, MD—The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has issued a notice to all affiliated institutions (including DMHSA) regarding newly available resources for becoming a TRICARE Behavioral Health Care Provider, aimed to better serving military service members, veterans, and their families.

In her message, SAMHSA (Center for Mental Health Services) director Kathryn Power identified “Military Families Initiative” as one of SAMHSA’s key strategic initiatives, providing support to America’s service men and women—active duty, National Guard, reserve, and veterans—and their families by leading efforts to ensure that needed behavioral health services are accessible and that outcomes are positive.

TRICARE is the healthcare entitlement that reimburses for medical and behavioral health services outside the confines of a military treatment facility. TRICARE-reimbursed services include (but are not limited to) outpatient therapy, acute hospitalization, partial hospitalization, residential treatment center (children and adolescents), and substance use disorder rehabilitation.

Local healthcare providers falling under the following categories may apply as a TRICARE Provider:

-Clinical psychologists
-Certified psychiatric nurse specialists
-Clinical social workers
-Certified marriage and family therapists
-Pastoral counselors
-Mental health counselors / Licensed professional counselors

The SAMHSA Technical Assistance Packet for Becoming a TRICARE provider may be accessed at For more information, contact the SAMHSA/TRICARE liaison at

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