The PAG determines whether patients may qualify for financial assistance. The primary criteria is that the situation is an unexpected one.
To apply for financial assistance download the "criteria" form , follow the instructions, and write a description of your situation and add all supporting documentation necessary. Next download the consent form and sign it so that we may release your information to the PAG for consideration of assistance. Bring both forms and supporting documentation into the clinic and it will be submitted to the PAG. The PAG usually meets on Thursdays. You will be notified of their decision no later than Friday.
Patient Advocacy Group
This group is autonomous of the clinic but is allowed to use the clinic premises and resources. The PAG advocates for patients, educates patients, puts out a newsletter, helps patients having financial difficulties with their fees, holds fund raising events, serves as a grievance committee, and is continuously growing and adding new members. MARS donates a specific amount of money each year to the PAG and matches monies gathered through PAG fund raising events.
Patients needing assistance with their fees may read about criteria for assistance here, and complete and sign a consent here, to take into the clinic and submit to the PAG
PAG Criteria Form
PAG Consent Form
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Kerry W. is a MARS patient and a Certified Methadone Advocate (CMA) with special training in advocating for patient rights and educating patients about Medication Assisted Treatment. She is the director of the Texas Chapter of ARM (Advocates for Recovery through Medicine), moderates on several online methadone support forums, and is a member of the PAG board and the Texas Opioid Treatment Alliance. If you have questions or issues you would like to discuss with a fellow patient or need assistance with resources and ideas for problems you may be having, you can contact her at email@example.com.