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It is important to us to provide equitable and sustainable options for those who do not have insurance coverage for mental healthcare. ​

Little Red Bird Botanicals, writes, "A sliding scale is a tool for building economic justice, and it requires your active participation. If a sliding scale is implemented effectively, everyone pays a similar percentage of their income for the same products or services. A wide range of payment options across the scale promotes broader accessibility, while ensuring fair compensation to the producer. Paying according to one’s available resources creates a more equitable system for pricing of products and services.”

Historically, The Growth Center has based our sliding scale solely on income. In an effort to move towards a more intersectional application of access, identity, and privilege, we are adding another step to our scale...

Sliding Scale

Step One: Consider your annual household income

  • Annual Household Income reflects combined family income if you share income and expenses

  • A client who is financially supported by another person shall have a fee based on the total household income of the person financially responsible

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Step Two: Consider the bigger picture

Consider paying less on the scale if you..

  • are supporting children or have other dependents

  • have significant debt

  • have medical expenses not covered by insurance

  • are eligible for public assistance

  • have immigration-related expenses

  • are an elder with limited financial support

  • are an unpaid community organizer

  • are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history

  • experience discrimination in hiring or pay level

  • are descended from enslaved people or Native American Indians 

Consider paying more on the scale if you:

  • own the home you live in

  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money

  • travel for recreation

  • have access to family money and resources in times of need

  • work part time or are unemployed by choice, including unemployment due to full-time school in a degree-earning program

  • have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.) Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, I ask you to recognize this as a choice

The scale is intended to be a map, inviting each of us to take inventory of our financial resources and look deeper at our levels of privilege. It is a way to challenge the classist and capitalist society we live in and work towards economic justice on a local level. While I ask you to take these factors into consideration, please don’t stress about it. Pay what feels right. 

The was copied exactly from Little Red Botanical's website, but I thought it could stand in as an example of what could be

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Step Three: Is that workable for you?

We know that it can feel complicated to identify a rate based on the sliding scale. Questions are welcome and we're happy to chat with you about it. The buttons below will take you to the forms for contacting us regarding therapy.​