Director Welcome & Updates

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I'm Mark Patishnock. On June 1st, 2018 I became the inaugural director of Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) at Michigan State University. Over the past decade, I have worked at numerous university counseling centers, and I have a passion for serving students.

I want to thank the thousands of students who have fiercely and tirelessly advocated for improved mental health services. Changes are now happening, and it’s because of you.  

Let me share how we are working to transform your voice into the new reality:   

  1. We are actively recruiting, interviewing, and hiring more mental health providers to expand services, decrease wait times, and improve the quality of care you receive.
  2. On October 1, 2018, we opened the doors to our new satellite location on the 3rd floor of the MSU Union. In years to come, we hope to further embed clinicians all across campus where students live, work, go to class, and hang out. We plan to come to you.
  3. On June 1, 2018, we expanded our contract with Morneau Sheppell to offer confidential and unprecedented virtual access to counselors 24/7/365 for all students. These counselors offer services in a variety of languages through chat, video, and phone, and help to connect students to other MSU resources. This is available to all students effective immediately and at any time by downloading the MY SSP app.
  4. We are improving clinical collaboration and efficiency between counseling, psychiatry, primary care, and our university and community partners to better provide holistic care for each student.
  5. And we are actively making improvements in every way possible to reduce wait times, improve access, enhance services, and implement mechanisms for student input, and accountability.

It's important to state that CAPS is your center - We are here for ALL students. 

This is a transformational time and any change worth making takes time. There will be some bumps along the road, but together, we will transform your voice into reality over the coming days, months, and years.

As the Director of CAPS, I am here to serve you. Please let me know how I can help. Email me at

I look forward to working with you.

With gratitude,

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Mark Franklin Patishnock, Ph.D.

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