Drop-In/Crisis Screening

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CAPS offers tailored services to honor the unique needs of each student. As an enrolled MSU student registered for one or more credits, you are eligible for our services. In 2018, CAPS implemented a new screening process to enhance the student experience.

Just drop-in to the CAPS main location and check-in at the reception desk. We are located on the 3rd floor of the Olin Health Center (463 E Circle Drive).

Students who are in a crisis or extreme distress are usually given first priority.


Business/Crisis Screening Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 6 pm
  • Friday: 8 am - 5 pm

Same-Day Non-Crisis Screening Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 4:30 pm
  • Friday: 10 am – 3:30 pm

Upon arrival, you will be asked to complete a brief paper screening form. Based on your answers and preferences, you will be offered a tailored screening appointment with the most appropriate available clinician.

Types of Screening Appointments:

  • Screening for urgent/crisis needs
  • Screening for counseling and/or medication at CAPS
    • Students receiving screening for urgent/crisis needs OR for counseling and/or medication at CAPS will be asked to complete additional tailored forms to better understand you, your concerns, and preferences. Then the most appropriate available clinician will meet with you for about 30 minutes (with some flexibility, as needed, for urgent/crisis needs). During this collaborative dialogue, your clinician will gather pertinent information to assist in making the most appropriate clinical recommendation to best address your needs. This may include:
      • referral for medication (students who already have a referral from their home psychiatrist, counselor or primary care provider, (go here)
      • referral to off-campus and/or university services, or
      • ongoing counseling (e.g., individual, relationship/couple, and/or group) at CAPS or in the community.
  • Consultation (e.g., assistance with helping others; getting help through a one-time conversation if ongoing services are not desired). Students who receive consultation are not asked to complete any additional forms.
  • Assistance with referrals and connecting students with other resources, such as the MSU Center for Survivors, Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD), Safe Place (domestic violence shelter and services), and Student Health Services (primary care/general medical services).
    • For students requesting consultation, referral services, and/or assistance in getting connected with other resources, a brief conversation with a clinician may be the most appropriate first step. Often, consultations do not require students to complete any additional forms and are designed to assist students quickly who are not interested in ongoing clinical services.

We hope that our new screening process accomplishes many goals, including:

  • Enhancing the student experience, including prioritizing safety, quality, and continuity of care.
  • Offering tailored services for every unique student through a streamlined and consistent process.
  • Assessing the unique needs of each student, and offering the most appropriate type of screening service with tailored screening tools and processes.
  • Matching students with the most appropriate clinician at CAPS at the time of the screening appointment based upon client preference, and the clinical expertise of the various staff.
  • Connecting students with the most appropriate clinician at CAPS as soon as possible, based on student preferences and clinical needs.
  • Providing a clinical recommendation following screening within one to two business days and, whenever possible, during the actual screening appointment.
  • Enhancing continuity of care (e.g., ensuring that, whenever possible, students receive services, referral notifications, and ongoing planning from the same clinician, as frequently as possible.
  • Same-day access for any issue or concern, including urgent needs.

CAPS, as part of Michigan State University, is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services, and activities. Accommodations needed to use our services may be requested by calling (517) 355-8270.