About CAPS

MSU Counseling & Psychiatric Services, CAPS, is the new place on campus for students seeking help for a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress management, homesickness, adjustment or acculturation, relationships, gender identity and sexual orientation (LBGTQ) concerns, substance abuse, trauma, eating or body image concerns, and other personal mental health concerns.  CAPS combines the services of the former MSU Counseling Center and former Olin Psychiatry Clinic to provide improved access for students. Additional services will be available in the Neighborhood Engagement Centers, and the MSU Union building.

We are committed to putting students first.

Our commitment to diversity means creating a welcoming, safe, inclusive, equitable, and affirming environment for each student.  We believe diversity enriches learning, enhances personal growth, and takes into account all aspects of a student’s identity, such as age, body size/shape, disability/ability, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, nationality, race, ethnicity, culture, religion/spirituality, language, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual/romantic orientation, values and beliefs.

Who provides CAPS services?

Counseling and Psychiatry Services are provided by staff from a wide range of professions, including care managers, social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses. 

Will it be easier for me to make a mental health appointment?

Same day walk-in appointments to meet with a clinician will continue to be available, as will same-day crisis services.  With this new model, the hope is that we will see less wait time between the initial visit and the second appointment. CAPS will also work with community resources to provide referrals for students when needed.

Is confidentiality affected?

Client confidentiality is and will continue to remain a top priority.  MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services follow all professional standards and state and federal laws. The American Psychological Association (APA) standards for confidentiality can be found at http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/confidentiality.aspx

Your identifiable health information will not be shared outside of the MSU Health Team without your approval unless allowed or required by law. A copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices can be found online at http://olin.msu.edu/pdfs/NPrivacyP-Revision12_1_2016.pdf