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Charges for Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse Services

Charges for the categories of service described below are based on the actual cost of providing the services. Rates for professional services provided by staff of DHHS are approved by the DHHS Board. Rates for professional services provided by others are governed by contractual agreements that may offer preferential rates for DHHS clients.

If a client has the ability to pay privately or through an insurance plan, the client should first seek services from the private sector.

Regular Assessment Services


  

When DHHS authorizes or provides an assessment for possible alcohol and/or drug abuse problems, the client or responsible party is liable for the full cost of the assessment. If appropriate, DHHS will bill the client's insurance or other payers such as Medicare and Medicaid for the assessment.

If the client does not have insurance or if insurance does not pay all charges, the client or responsible party will be required to pay a monthly fee based on Ability to Pay.

Court-Ordered Assessment Services

Clients who receive court-ordered assessments for possible alcohol and/or drug abuse problems are required to pay the full cost of the assessment on the day of the assessment. 

Court-ordered assessments are usually not covered by insurance, so DHHS will not bill other payers. If a client wants to submit an insurance claim for an assessment, DHHS will provide a bill to support the client's claim. Not complying with the requirements of a court-ordered assessment may result in the court imposing penalties.

In a case of extreme financial hardship, a client receiving an OWI assessment can apply for a special payment plan by writing to the Director of DHHS. Applicants will be required to provide complete financial information to document the need for a special payment plan. Payment must be made in full within 60 days of the assessment.

Outpatient Treatment Services

When DHHS authorizes or provides outpatient services for alcohol and/or drug abuse problems, the client or responsible party is liable for the full cost of the services. If appropriate, DHHS will bill the client's insurance or other payers such as Medicare and Medicaid for the services.

If the client does not have insurance or if insurance does not pay all charges, the client or responsible party will be required to pay a monthly fee based on Ability to Pay.

Hospital and Residential Treatment

If DHHS authorizes a client to receive alcohol and/or drug abuse treatment in a hospital or licensed residential treatment facility, the client or responsible party is liable for all charges related to that episode of treatment. If the client provides information about insurance or other payment sources, the hospital or treatment facility will bill those sources. If the client does not have insurance, or if insurance does not pay all charges related to the client's care, the client is liable for paying the treating facility directly.

If DHHS facilitates and authorizes the treatment, and the client cannot pay the facility, DHHS will pay the facility on behalf of the client. However, the client retains financial liability to repay DHHS in full.


 
 

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