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Mental Health Scholarships

Financial Support for Mental Health

Building Hope Mental Health Scholarships

Many times, one of the biggest barriers to accessing mental health care is cost. At Building Hope, we believe that cost should never keep someone from receiving the mental health care they need. So, Building Hope has created a scholarship program for Summit County locals who are living and/or working in Summit County, but not able to pay for therapy. Individuals, families or couples can receive short-term funding to access therapy through an easy-to-use system.

Financial Hardship

While we don’t ask Building Hope Scholarship recipients to submit any financial information, we do ask that all recipients give a verbal confirmation that they are not able to pay for therapy on their own and that paying for therapy would present a significant financial challenge. This program is meant for those that either live or work in Summit County and are experiencing financial hardship that prevents them from being able to afford mental health care.

We are required to check whether clients have any other way to pay for therapy (insurance, Medicaid, EAP) before issuing a Building Hope Scholarship. Once staff have explored all other payment options with the client it is determined that there are still barriers to accessing care, a Building Hope Scholarship will be issued.

How the Scholarship Program Works


1. Inquire

There are several issuing sites in Summit County to support our “No Wrong Door” policy. If you are interested in a Building Hope Scholarship, the easiest way to reach out is to call 970-485-6271.

Building Hope is now using Mountain Strong to issue scholarships – you will be routed to an external site to create your account when you click apply below. If you require any support with the application OR If you have Medicaid, please DO NOT fill out an application, and call us directly for support: 970-485-6271, ext 6.

For a step-by-step guide to setting up your Mountain Strong account.

2. Schedule

We will review your application and reach out to schedule the soonest available appointment for you with an Access to Care Coordinator.

3. Funding Options

During your appointment, the Access to Care Coordinator will check whether you are eligible for any alternative funding options to pay for therapy prior to issuing a Building Hope Scholarship. If no other payment options are available, you will be issued a Building Hope Scholarship.

Scholarship Vouchers

Building Hope Mental Health Scholarships are accepted by most private providers and mental health agencies in the community.

Once you have been approved for a Building Hope Scholarship, you will be able to select a provider of your choice or a Building Hope Care Team member can help you determine what provider will best meet your needs.

Scholarships are good for up to 12 sessions of individual counseling. With special approval, scholarships can also cover a limited amount of psychiatric visits or psychological testing, however, we CANNOT cover the cost of medication.

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Employer Assistance Program (EAP)

Building Hope can provide your employees with therapy sessions through our mental health scholarship program. Essentially, this would function as an Employee Assistance Program that you could offer directly to your employees

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In an effort to stretch Building Hope’s mental health scholarship fund, we have created a new program for employers that allows utilization of our scholarship network as an EAP program. This program would allow employees to access our therapy scholarship network as an EAP offering. The employer would be billed monthly by Building Hope for the number of therapy sessions used by the employee.

Building Hope has more than 50 providers locally; we’ve issued more than 1500 scholarships in the past three years, so the process for this is in place. All that is needed is verification of employment by the individual, information on current insurance benefits packages, then we send the employer a monthly bill for therapy provided. Because Building Hope is able to get great rates from providers, the program is both affordable for the employer and effective for the employee.

If you are a Summit County employer and are interested in providing an EAP to your employees, or to learn more about Building Hope’s EAP program, contact Ravi Jaishankar at ravi@buildinghopesummit.org or call 970-485-6271.

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