Scholarships for Anxiety Treatment. Support for Change.

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Application Process


HOAP (and A-HOAP) aims to provide financial and referral assistance to individuals and families struggling with anxiety. As a scholarship organization, we are not actively involved in the delivery of treatment but maintain contact with the treating providers. HOAP subsidizes treatment through an arrangement directly with the provider beginning with a trial period of sessions. We conduct routine periodic review in order to renew the treatment scholarships beyond the trial period.

In order to be eligible for treatment assistance, scholarship recipients must:

  • Be open and willing participate in treatment for anxiety.
  • Demonstrate financial need through income tax return, utility bill, and evidence of any additional expenses or income.
  • Participate in a clinical interview with HOAP-affiliated clinician who is independent from the provider.
  • Have a primary diagnosis of an anxiety disorder, including  Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, or Specific Phobia. If comorbid disorders (e.g. psychosis, substance abuse/dependence, mood disorders, personality disorders) are present, the symptoms must be determined to be manageable to the extent that the individual is a strong candidate for benefiting from treatment for anxiety.
  • Consent to release of information to HOAP for the purpose of ensuring compliance with scholarship agreement.
  • Complete all of the application, including personal statement and provider recommendation.
  • Agree that eligibility as determined at the initial evaluation does not guarantee endless financial support for treatment. Treatment compliance and demonstration of benefit is a necessary determinant of ongoing financial support. Broken appointment fees will not be covered, and treatment awards may not be renewed if their provider documents persistent difficulties with attendance or treatment adherence.
  • Be willing to include caregivers to the extent that the provider recommends, when applicable.

In order to be eligible for community resource assistance, recipients must:

  • Demonstrate positive outcome of treatment for OCD or an anxiety disorder and be in the final phase of treatment or have "graduate" from therapy.
  • Complete the Community Resource application entirely.
  • Acknowledge partial independence with proposed access. 
  • Agree to guidelines and terms.

How it works

Step 1 (optional): Ask your provider to refer you to us for a scholarship. Provider referrals are now necessary for scholarship funding.

Step 2: Download the appropriate application from our website. The application includes requests for demographic, mental health, and financial information. For treatment scholarships, a letter of support and any supporting documentation is also encouraged.

Step 3: Schedule and appear for an interview and assessment with HOAP representatives.

Step 4: Submit your application and supporting documents for review by our selection committee.

Step 5: The selection team will determine approval status and the percentage of treatment that is to be covered by our program. Complete applications will be reviewed promptly (within 2-5 business days) in order to provide assistance as quickly as possible to those meeting criteria. We encourage applicants to provide all supporting information requested in order to prevent delays.

Step 6: Following approval of an application, individuals will discuss with a HOAP advisor regarding treatment scholarship or other resource terms and guidelines.


Please remember to include the following information with your application:

  • Letters of recommendation from another treating provider, e.g. psychiatrist, therapist, or physician. If you have not received previous services, please indicate this on your application and include an explanation.
  • Financial documentation requested, including tax statement and utility bill.
  • Any additional information you believe would support the decision process.