Ellis Human Development Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I set up an appointment at the Ellis Institute?

    You can set up an appointment by calling (937) 775-4300. Your first appointment will be an intake appointment where you will complete paperwork with a clinical intake specialist and meet with your counselor for an interview. Your counselor will learn about your current concerns and your past experiences.  You and your counselor will collaborate to determine which services will be the most helpful for you and will begin to develop a treatment plan.

  • What are the services that the Ellis Institute provides?

    The Ellis Institute offers psychotherapy, counseling, and assessment services for children, adolescents, and adults.  We also offer specialty services, including mental health services through our Center for Post-traumatic Recovery (PDF), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for women (PDF), and affirmative counseling for members for the LBGTQ+ community (PDF)

    The Ellis Institute also provides consultations to local schools and community organizations. We have contracts with several local social service organizations, including the Juvenile Court and the Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services.

  • Do you have a psychiatrist on staff? Do you prescribe medications?

    No, the Ellis Institute does not have a psychiatrist on staff and none of our mental health providers prescribe medications. Many of our clients take medications, but these are not prescribed through our clinic.  If a client needs medication or a physical evaluation, we will help them find appropriate resources in the community.  We recommend you speak to your primary care physician, schedule an appointment with a local community mental health center, or schedule an appointment with a local private psychiatrist if you are looking for medication services.

  • Everything I tell my counselor is private, right?

    We do not disclose information about our clients or their identities without their written consent.   However, there are some ethical and legal limits to confidentiality designed to ensure the safety of our clients and the community.  For example, we are required to break confidentiality in order to prevent clients from harming themselves or someone else. We are also obligated to report child abuse and neglect, elder abuse and neglect, and the abuse/neglect of individuals with developmental disabilities.   We are also legally obligated to respond to court orders and subpoenas. At your intake appointment, you will be given a copy of our privacy policies and you can view our privacy policies online

  • Do you take insurance?

    The Ellis Institute accepts CareSource. For clients without CareSource, fees are on a sliding scale based on income. Our services are affordable to individuals and families of any income level. We are unable to accept Medicare.