What is the process for admission?
A brief phone intake assessment is conducted with each client prior to admission. Additional records and/or discussion with current treatment providers may also occur in order to better prepare the Houston OCD Program’s treatment team, after which admission date and time can be scheduled.
How much do you charge for your intensive residential support program?
Our Residential Support Program services cost $5,740 per week. This includes two one-hour sessions with the assigned cognitive behavior therapist (who collaborates with the client in creating the behavior therapy treatment plan) and one family session as needed. In addition, the fee includes 5 weekly psychoeducational groups, 7 staff-supported exposure and response prevention groups (2 hours each), and 7 staff-supported self-directed exposure groups (2 hours each). In addition, this includes all treatment groups on Saturdays and Sundays, 24-hour treatment support from our residential counselors, room, board, and appointments with our program psychiatrist Jason Garvin
Do you accept insurance?
Currently, the Houston OCD Program is an out-of-network provider, which means while we are not contracted with any insurance panels, you can see if your insurance company will reimburse from your out-of-network insurance benefits. Most insurance plans do provide the opportunity to apply for reimbursement for therapy services received from out-of-network providers. In instances of insurance reimbursement, we ask each individual to pay for services and accept reimbursement from the insurance. You will be provided with a bi-monthly billing statement for the services rendered and fees paid to submit to your insurance. Please call your insurance company before your admission and ask the following questions:

  • Does my insurance plan have out-of-network mental health benefits?
  • What is my annual deductible and has it been met for this year?
  • When does my calendar year start?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • Is an authorization required? If yes, how do I obtain it?
  • Am I eligible for reimbursement for out-of network intensive out patient services provided by the Houston OCD Program, National Provider Identification Number: 1942535273
  • What % is reimbursed per visit for an out-of-network provider?
  • What is the dollar amount recognized per visit (usual and customary rate or UCR)?
  • What forms do I need to submit for reimbursement? (Note: most insurance companies require that you submit a Monthly Billing Statement and a Treatment Plan from your therapist together with a standard HCFA 1500 claim form completed by you. Find out if there are any other forms required and how to obtain them).
  • What address should I mail my claims to?
  • Are there any time limitations on filing my claims for reimbursement?

Click here to read “Fight For Your Rights: Getting Your Insurance Company to Pay for OCD Treatment” by Fred Penzel, Ph.D.

Do you offer a sliding scale or a reduced fee?
We offer outpatient services at a reduced fee. These services are provided by psychology graduate students who are supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, or Credit Card is appreciated at the time of service. Clients are responsible for all fees.
How long do your intensive programs last?
The estimated length of treatment at the outset is approximately 4 to 8 weeks. However, each individual presents with unique struggles. Individuals with more severe symptoms may require a longer treatment program; whereas, individuals with more mild or moderate symptoms may require less time in treatment. Whether someone has access to quality follow-up care with a trained CBT therapist is also an important factor that may affect how long someone chooses to stay in our program. We do our best to assess each individual as quickly as possible upon admission to the program so that we can provide a realistic estimate early on in the process.
What kind of follow-up do you offer for those who complete your intensive programs?
Once an individual has completed the program, there are several options for follow-up care. Individuals in the Houston area can step-down into our outpatient level of care, or we can work in conjunction with previous treatment provider to assist in continuity of care. There are also many individuals who benefit from returning for a shorter treatment term, or a booster session, in order to continue to maintain the gains achieved in his/her original treatment stay. We follow up with clients with post-discharge assessments in order to further evaluate our evidence-based treatment approaches and to provide insight for clients in their current treatment. Additionally, clients who successfully complete the program are invited to return for our monthly mentorship meeting, which provides an enriching and empowering experience for both the mentor and mentee.
Who is not appropriate for your intensive programs?
Our intensive treatment programs are not appropriate for individuals who have active addictions, active eating disorders, and/or are actively suicidal. Individuals may need to receive treatment for these conditions elsewhere prior to engaging in our programs. For those individuals who have received treatment for these conditions (i.e., are in recovery) and would like some continued support during their anxiety treatment, we have the ability to work with additional outpatient specialists (e.g., addictions counselors, eating disorder specialists) as needed.
In addition, individuals who are not motivated for treatment are probably not appropriate for our programs. Because the treatment requires individuals to face their fears and experience discomfort, it requires a high level of motivation to complete and be successful. Individuals who are entering into treatment only because of pressure from family members tend to make less progress than those individuals who commit to engaging in treatment on their own. We do work with individuals who are ambivalent about engaging in treatment (mostly because they are so afraid to give up the safety of their rituals); at the same time it is very important that they are motivated and willing to change. We work as hard as we can in order to help people overcome their OCD and other anxiety, and we expect significant effort from our clients.
Are my family members allowed to visit me in the Residential Support Program?
OCD has a major effect on the family; therefore, their involvement in treatment is very important. Individual family situations will determine how much contact is appropriate. Families are invited to visit, share their experiences, and learn how to support the client in maintaining gains. Family treatment may include weekly family conference calls, family therapy or other contact with the treatment team. Family members’ questions about treatment will be directed to the client’s behavior therapist. Visitors are expected to follow all the program guidelines.
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941 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
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What should I bring (or not bring) if I am staying in the Residential Support Program?
When preparing for admission, pack as if you were going to stay in a hotel. Bed linens, towels, and pillows are provided. There are two washers and two dryers available for resident use so you can take this into consideration when deciding how much clothing to bring. Laundry detergent is also provided unless you prefer to bring your own. In addition to clothing, bring personal care items (you may purchase these items at a nearby CVS after admission if you prefer). We encourage residents to bring a cell phone, as we do not have telephones available for residents to use. Although we provide one desktop computer for our residents to share, some people prefer to bring their own laptop. Often, people bring IPods/MP3 players/portable CD players. Please note that we cannot be responsible for any damage to or theft of personal items, so please take this into consideration when packing valuable items.We discourage people from bringing cameras, as we do not allow photos to be taken inside the clinic (to protect the confidentiality of our residents and other clients).Please click here for a packing list.
What is the food like if I am staying in the Residential Support Program?
The house is equipped with two kitchens, and residents and staff often prepare meals together. Residents and staff members decide on meals for the week and make weekly trips to the grocery store. It does not get closer to home cooking than this! However, residents are not required to eat the “family style” meals and may opt to prepare something on their own. Once or twice a week residents and staff members will have dinner at a restaurant.
What do residents do for recreation?
Houston is the country’s fourth largest city, and there are many opportunities for recreation. Within a few miles of the clinic, there are museums, the Houston zoo, an outdoor theater, movie theaters, parks, and jogging trails. There are two scheduled recreational outings each week our residents can choose to attend. Residents meet each week to decide on outings for the upcoming week.
Is there a place to exercise?
The house does not have an exercise facility. However, there are several gyms in the area, and many will waive the initiation fee for individuals coming from out of town. In addition, there are a few places that offer bike rentals and several nearby walking/jogging trails.