Apply for a Counseling Grant

How do I apply for a Counseling Grant?

You must complete the Counseling Grant Application which asks basic information about you, your time in the industry, and your monthly income and expenses. Please note, Counseling Grants are available only to eligible persons.

An application may be submitted on behalf of an eligible person by a spouse or domestic partner, a legal guardian or a person acting under a valid power of attorney or other legal authority. In extreme situations an application may be submitted by a close friend or colleague on behalf of the eligible person.

The Counseling Fund Application is in Adobe Acrobat format. Acrobat Reader may be obtained free at http://www.adobe.com.

The form may be filled in on-line, saved and emailed to [email protected] or printed and then faxed (646-713-2308) or mailed (630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036) to Behind the Scenes, with the required supporting documentation. The form may also be obtained by calling 212-244-1421 or emailing [email protected].

How are applications reviewed and how quickly can I expect an answer?

Applications are reviewed by a formal Review Committee. Grant decisions are generally made within a few days of receiving a completed application. You may receive a telephone call from a member of the Review Committee or their representative if there are further questions about your situation. If a grant is awarded, you will be contacted immediately.

How are Counseling Grants structured?

The grant may be used to initiate or support ongoing counseling. Behind the Scenes will work directly with your counseling provider to arrange a payment plan. It is important that you check with the provider to ensure they will accept funds from the charity. If you are beginning counseling with a new provider you may want the funds issued on a per visit basis so that you have the flexibility to change providers if you find your initial choice isn’t working well for you. Behind the Scenes understands that a longer term client/therapist relationship can often be the most beneficial and encourages grant recipients to utilize the funds as a co-payment so that you can extend the relationship. Grants must start to be used within three months of being awarded.

Funds are also available for individuals entering an in-patient or intensive out-patient recovery program or those experiencing an emergency in-patient mental health event.

How are Counseling Grants paid out?

Payments are made directly to a licensed social worker, psychotherapist, psychiatrist, mental health facility, emergency medical facility, or chemical dependency recovery facility. Unlicensed providers are not considered eligible.

Grant recipients will need to sign a release form from their provider allowing us to work directly with the provider to arrange payment. Behind the Scenes will not request any information about the treatment other than dates of service.