Frequently Asked Questions

What about the doctor?
Dr. Harden graduated from his college studies at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and graduated from his Osteopathic Medical studies at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville Missouri receiving a D.O. degree. He completed his training in General Psychiatry and further training in his sub-specialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.. Following his military service he returned to Kirksville Mo. with his family where he has maintained a private practice of psychiatry serving children, teens and adults for over 20 years. Dr. Harden is board certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Will I be evaluated and treated by Dr. Harden himself or will I wind up being cared for by a nurse or medical student?
Dr. Harden is in solo private practice. He is not affiliated with any hospitals or medical schools. He sees patients in his office every day Monday through Friday. There are no nurses, students or doctors in training providing mental health services in his office. All patients who schedule an appointment with Dr. Harden will be evaluated and treated by Dr. Harden personally. Occasionally Dr. Harden will allow doctors in training to spend time in his office as observers. All of Dr. Harden’s patients are given the choice of whether they wish to allow anyone else (whether it is a doctor in training or a family member) to sit in on or observe their appointment with the doctor. Dr. Harden understands the honors the importance of his patient’s privacy and their authority to make decisions on who is involved in their time spent with him.

What about patient privacy?
One of the cornerstones of good mental health care is being able to trust the clinic where you receive your care. Maintaining patient privacy is of utmost importance to the staff of First Choice Mental Health. Dr. Harden has chosen to have no electronic medical records thereby avoiding the risk of having your mental health information vulnerable to being compromised on the internet. Our clinic does no insurance billing so any information received by your insurance company is under your complete control. First Choice Mental Health clinic will release your mental health information only with your permission.

What about the charges?
Dr. Harden is not a provider for Medicare, Medicaid, or any insurance company. Payment for services at First Choice Mental Health is expected the time of the patient’s appointment. We accept credit cards, debit cards, checks and cash. Our clinic does not file insurance claims. We gladly provide patients with a receipt for their appointment which contains all the information necessary for patients to be able to submit a claim to their insurance company (unfortunately Medicare or Medicaid will not reimburse you for your visits with Dr. Harden). Any payments you receive from your insurance company are yours to keep.

Dr. Harden’s rates are as follows:

  • Routine medication management appointments: $75.00
  • Counseling/Psychotherapy up to 30 minutes: $100.00
  • Counseling/Psychotherapy longer than 30 minutes: $150.00
  • New patient initial evaluation: $200.00
  • Medical Reports for Agency or Patient: $250.00

Receipts indicating the patient's diagnosis, service provided, date of service and amount paid will be provided to each patient. Patients may submit this receipt to their insurance company and keep any amount their insurance company reimburses them. Dr. Harden is not a provider for Medicare or Medicaid and government regulations forbid patients from seeking reimbursement for their appointments through Medicare or Medicaid

What about making an appointment?
Appointments to see Dr. Harden are made by calling 660-665-7500 and arranging a suitable time with the receptionist. The receptionist answers the phone (non-holiday) on Monday - Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

What about psychiatric services not provided by First Choice Mental Health?
The following professional services are not provided by Dr. Harden:

  • Emergency services
  • Inpatient (hospital) care
  • Group therapy
  • Legal competency evaluations
  • Child custody evaluations
  • Parental fitness evaluations
  • Chemical dependency treatment

What about the difference between a psychiatrist and psychologist?
Psychologists are mental health providers who are professionally trained to a level of PhD in psychology. Psychologists provide a wide variety of professional mental health services but have not been to medical school and are unable to prescribe medicines.
Psychiatrists are mental health professionals who are medical doctors who have completed at least 4 years of specialty training in mental health and are able to diagnose and prescribe medicines for medical and mental health disorders

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