Olivia's Fund Program
Recognizing that financial barriers are one of the number one reasons that people in Eagle County do not seek treatment for behavioral health conditions, Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, or “EVBH,” is creating Olivia’s Fund. This scholarship program provides financial assistance to anyone who lives or works in Eagle County to help pay for mental health and/or substance use services (also referred to as behavioral health services) for up to six sessions per person per year for anyone who faces a financial barrier to seeking behavioral health treatment. It is important to note that this scholarship fund is unable to cover costs for medication or inpatient services at this time. The scholarship funds are provided by generous private donors and foundations who wish to support mental health and/or substance abuse services but recognize that many individuals cannot obtain those services because of financial barriers.
Olivia's Fund Overview
Olivia’s Fund will cover anyone in need of behavioral health services, regardless of insurance (with the exception of Medicaid beneficiaries, which is addressed below) or immigration status. If an applicant has insurance, EVBH will encourage them to work with their behavioral health provider to utilize their insurance plan and other payment sources, such as employee assistance programs, to maximize all available funding sources for treatment.
Applicants with Medicaid are not eligible for scholarships, as Medicaid will cover the full costs of behavioral health services. Medicaid applicants will be directed to seek services from the various providers who accept Medicaid as shown in the EVBH provider directory.
Applicants with Medicare and commercial insurance will be encouraged to seek services from the various providers who accept commercial insurance and Medicare as shown in the EVBH provider directory.
Scholarships will be provided for the following reasons:
- The applicant does not have health insurance OR the applicant has a health insurance plan with a high deductible and/or copay.
- There are no in-network providers in Eagle County who accept the applicant’s health insurance.
- All of the in-network providers who accept the applicant’s insurance are not accepting new clients and the applicant must receive services from a provider who does not accept insurance.
- The applicant has an existing relationship with a therapist who does not accept insurance (applicant has been seeing this provider for 4 or more sessions)
- The applicant has demonstrated a need for specialty care from a provider who does not accept insurance.
- The applicant has received services from providers who accept insurance and determined that these providers cannot meet their needs.
In order to be approved for a scholarship, the patient must agree to all of the following:
- Attest that the applicant lives and/or works in Eagle County and they are facing a financial barrier to seeking behavioral health services in accordance with the financial barriers listed in the application.
- Agree to the release of the patient’s personal information (information listed on the application) to EVBH through the application release of information.
- Accept responsibility for identifying and scheduling appointments with the participating behavioral health provider of their choice. The scholarship program/EVBH does not schedule appointments for scholarship recipients or make referrals for any specific providers in the scholarship Provider Directory.
- Agree to schedule their first session with a behavioral health provider within 30 days of being approved for a scholarship. The scholarship will expire after 30 days and the patient must reapply to the program.
- Acknowledge that if the patient does not attend a scheduled appointment, the scholarship program will pay the provider for one “no show” session. If the patient misses a second appointment, they will no longer be eligible for free sessions covered by the scholarship program.
To learn more, please email EagleValleyBH@vailhealth.org