Do you take insurance? No. What we do is create a statement that can be submitted to your insurance company.

Do you take medi-cal or Medicare? No.

I want to start buprenorphine. How much does it cost, ball-park? About $760 to start, $630 for the first month, and after that $250/month. If you have insurance, it often pays for a large fraction and this situation is actually improving for opiate dependence; decent insurance should cover a good 2/3 of the costs below, or more. Here is an example of the cost breakdown:

Intake + write-up , 120 minutes, either done all at once or over two sessions: $760
Follow up @ week 1 $380
Follow up @ week 3 $253
Follow up @ week 6 $253
Follow up @ week10 $253
Follow up @ 4 week intervals $253

Total cost for year 1 without insurance: $3923
Total cost for year 2 without insurance: $3036

The client may or may not need to come in within the first few days for titration.These costs don’t include labs or meds. If you have good insurance, you can estimate a monthly $25 co-pay for meds and $30 for labs. But insurance coverage is alas all too variable. Here are two useful links:


updated 5/16/18