How do you get STD approved for mental health? My PCP doesn’t see patients for mental health and referred me to psychiatrist but first available appointment isn’t for a month. Work is so busy they won’t let me take unpaid LOA without documentation.

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You need to find another referral or do your own research and find another psychiatrist that can take you in sooner. Make sure you tell them when you call that you cannot do your job, are applying for FMLA/STD, and need to get in to see someone ASAP. Even if it’s a nurse practitioner. My STD was approved with my mental health NP submitting the forms.

You should also get a therapist. The claims people for STD are going to want the information updated regularly and may not approve it if you aren’t showing that you are taking steps to get better. I have to submit new info every 2-3 weeks to keep getting reapproved for STD for another 2 weeks. It sucks but it is what it is.

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I don’t know whether this would work, but you could try an urgent care. Explain the situation—you need to take a loa b/c of mental health issues, you’re trying to see a therapists, but can’t get in right now. They might help you out.

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