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AudienceAsylum seekers, Statutory refugees, Beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, Beneficiaries of temporary protection, Stateless people, French citizens


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Where is it?

Accessing a psychological care centre

Updated on il y a 8 mois

What is it?

Medical-psychological centres (CMP) are care centres where it is possible to consult psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers free of charge, but also to receive home care or nursing care.

The care provided is fully covered by the Health Insurance.

There are CMPs for adults (from 16 years old) and CMPs for children.

CMPs are open to everyone. There is no need to be referred by a doctor.

How to do it?

There is no national directory of CMPs.

To find out where to go, search the internet for “centre médico-psychologique" + the name of the city closest to you.

For example, if you live near Dijon, you should look for "centre médico psychologique dijon" in your search engine.

Call the first phone number that appears.

On the phone, the reception desk will ask you for your city of residence and will redirect you to another centre if necessary.
The CMP (free) will offer you appointments during the week, at standard times (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. for example).

If you want other times, you must contact private establishments which require a fee.

Call the CMP that you have been referred to.

You will be offered an initial appointment.

For your first appointment, you will generally be taken care of by a nurse.

You will have to present:

  • Your carte Vitale (the green social security card) or a certificate of entitlement from the health insurance,

If you do not have a carte Vitale, you can consult this card: "How to obtain your vital card".

  • Your residence permit,
  • Your carte de mutuelle (top-up health insurance card) — if you have a private health insurance.

The first interview (1 hour) aims to:

  • Register your contact details with the reception desk
  • Identify and review your needs.

Then, the nurse will offer you one or several appointment(s) with either:

  • A psychiatrist (doctor), especially if you are taking medication,
  • A social worker or a specialised educator,
  • Other caregivers. E.g: speech therapist, psychomotor therapist; some CMPs may offer hypnosis and relaxation sessions ...

What happens next?

You can consult a CMP as many times as you need.

The CMP health professionals can therefore follow you over the long term.

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