McLaren Health Plan
Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Did you know you have access to mental health and substance abuse services through your health plan and Medicaid benefits?

Medicaid members may see providers in or out of network without an authorization for mild to moderate mental health needs. Additionally, we will help coordinate care for severe mental health and substance use needs.

Community and Health Advantage members may see providers in or out of network (if your plan has an out of network benefit) without an authorization for outpatient mental health and substance use needs. More intensive services may require authorization.

Need mental health help immediately? Call or text 988 for the 24/7 Suicide and Crisis Line. This service is free, confidential, and provides Crisis Counselors 24/7 for all Michigan residents. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has substance use, gambling, and mental health resources by county available here:

MDHHS also has mental health resources and toolkits available on their website here:

Mental health issues can affect anyone. In 2020, about:

  • One in five American adults experienced a mental health condition in a given year
  • One in six young people have experienced a major depressive episode
  • One in 20 Americans have lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression

Additionally, suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, it was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24. Suicide has accounted for the loss of more than 45,979 American lives in 2020, nearly double the number of lives lost to homicide.*

*Information from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSA)

Among Americans aged 12 years and older, 37.309 million were current drug users (used within the last 30 days) as of 2020.

  • 5% of Americans 12 and over used drugs in the last month, a 3.8% increase year-over-year (YoY).
  • 277 million or 21.4% of people 12 and over have used street drugs or misused prescription drugs within the last year.
  • 543 million or 50.0% of people aged 12 and over have used drugs in their lifetime.
  • Usership among people aged 12 and over is down 0.4% YoY.
  • 522 million Americans 12 and over drink alcohol.
  • 320 million or 20.4% of them misuse alcohol.
  • 277 million people use tobacco or nicotine products (smoking, vaping, chewing).
  • 4% of street drug users have a drug disorder.
  • 7% of those with drug disorders have an opioid disorder; this includes prescription pain relievers or “pain killers” and heroin).**

**Information from the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics

Contact Customer Service at 888-327-0671 (TTY: 711) if you have questions or need further assistance.