You can’t have health without mental health, and yet, health insurance companies sometimes make it hard to get mental health treatment. Many people don’t realize they can actually challenge their insurance plan when they are denied care or forced out-of-network. We won’t say it’s easy, but it is your right.

On Wednesday, NAMI and The Kennedy Forum released a new report titled “The Health Insurance Appeals Guide: A Consumer Guide for Filing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (MH/SUD) Appeals. This resource is meant to help individuals and families understand what options they have to appeal when insurers deny coverage for mental health or substance use care.

You can access the free guide here