Director Update: Fall 2019

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Welcome Back!

Fall is here! There’s a chill in the air, and the energy has once again come alive on campus.

Whether you are a new incoming student or returning for another year, there are some important changes to CAPS that I would like to share:
  1. Since June 2019, CAPS has been offering after-hours crisis phone services. Anytime CAPS is closed (click here for business hours), students may call our main phone number at (517) 355-8270 to be connected to an after-hours counselor by pressing “1” during the voice message. A CAPS clinician will likely follow-up with you the following business day to check-in to see how you are doing and to offer additional assistance.
  2. Starting in September, we plan to launch “CAPS Connect.” This is a pilot program in which 15-20 CAPS clinical providers will be embedded all throughout campus, in academic, residential, and student services departments to offer brief one-on-one consultations. We want to connect with you where you go to class, live, and hang out. 
  3. Through a partnership with PsychHub, CAPS is now able to offer 100+ brief and informational videos on a variety of mental health topics. To check them out, please click here.
  4. We are working to make it as easy as possible for students to get connected to CAPS. Getting started is easy – just drop into CAPS at our Olin Health Center location on the 3rd floor to receive a same-day screening appointment during our available hours. No appointment is needed. Whether you are interested in counseling, curious about options for medication, or not sure, all students need to do is drop into CAPS to get started. Advanced access appointments are available too by calling us at (517) 355-8270 if there is a particular date and time that you would like to come in.
  5. CAPS is also enhancing collaborations among providers by launching our “Integrated Treatment Team” approach this Fall. What this means for students: When you are in counseling with a certain counselor and are referred for medication, we will try to refer you to a particular provider who has regularly scheduled meetings (and other collaborative opportunities) with that counselor so they can work together to better provide coordinated care. The same is true if you are working with a medical provider who is referring you to a counselor at CAPS.
As the semester gets underway, we at CAPS will continue to make improvements and updates to better serve our students. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please let me know.

I can be reached at patishn1@msu.edu or at (517) 355-8270

Warmly,

SIgnature of Mark Franklin Patishnock

Dr. Mark Franklin Patishnock