Why does an intervention involve the family more than the addict?
The family system requires repair and reconfiguration that precedes the invitation to the addict. The family must work through its own issues of setting expectations, boundaries and measures in its support of the addict. In addition, the family must reach consensus regarding the specific offer that will be made to the addict.
If the addict does not immediately enter treatment, has the intervention failed?
No. While immediate entry into some form of voluntary treatment is the optimal intervention goal, the family’s new understanding and resolve remains intact whether the addict accepts the offer or not. This allows for optimal outcomes when the patient finally does accept, which has already been selected for its appropriate scope and intensity.
Does the family have to pay for intervention if the patient refuses treatment?
Yes. Intervention fees cover the initial and vital family work, along with the intervention itself. If the intervention process has been completed, progress has been made—even if the addict refuses treatment on intervention day. The family’s new understanding and resolve set the stage for a healthier future in dealing with their loved one’s addiction.
Why is prepayment required?
The operating expenses and work of the intervention team are scheduled and committed to the family’s needs and for their benefit. When a loved one is placing extraordinary emotional and financial burden on the family, competing priorities can interfere in the fulfillment of financial responsibility, and over 90% of delayed payments are never fully collected despite families’ honest intentions.
How is a licensed clinical interventionist different from one that is “certified?”
The training and clinical credentialing of a licensed clinical interventionist guarantees families the highest level of clinical and ethical practice. In addition, licensed clinical interventionists provide clinical intervention directly in concert with the medical community and can establish emergency mental health holds when patients are in danger of self-harm, suicide, or other types of danger.
While many unlicensed “certified” interventionists provide quality care, they are not able to verify medical necessity for physicians, hospitals, treatment agencies, or third-party payers (health insurance) for families seeking reimbursement for out-of-pocket healthcare purchases.
Are all interventions by Intrepid Interventionists facilitated by licensed behaviorists?
Every intervention performed by Intrepid Interventions has a licensed primary interventionist. When needed or preferred, an associate with certification, academic credentials or extensive experience may be included working alongside the primary and under his or her guidance.
Why doesn’t insurance pay directly for intervention?
Intervention is not coded as routine (or “formulary”) procedure because of cost containment measures to protect profits and the fee payment reserves in public (Medicare, Medicaid) or private (Blue Cross, etc) venues. Also, intervention is in its early stages for standardization that will certainly be completed and coded in the future.