Intensive Clinical Services (ICS)

ICS provides intensive clinical services to students who need a higher level of care than traditional outpatient therapy or psychiatric services.

Many MSU students have difficulty with severe and persistent mental illness(es), multiple needs for additional resources, chronic suicidal, homicidal, or self-harm risk factors or multiple diagnoses that may cause significant impairment in academic and relationship functioning.

We offer higher-frequency and greater variety of integrated mental health services through Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-informed and multicultural treatment. The collaborative team environment allows your providers to coordinate your care efficiently and help you achieve your goals.

The ICS offers individualized short-term mental health treatment services, lasting approximately 8 to 16 weeks, and is designed to help students in coordinating ongoing treatment at program completion. ICSU team members work with students and providers to minimize disruption in any current treatment.

A client's individualized ICSU plan could include:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric services
  • Support system interventions
  • Case management & advocacy
  • Student-centered hospitalization support & coordination (if needed)

ICS treatment program services are available Monday through Friday by appointment only. Initial appointments require a referral. ICS referrals are accepted from a student’s current CAPS mental health provider or through a drop-in counseling screening appointment.

ICS provides crisis intervention services at all CAPS locations and in student health and wellness offices (e.g., primary care) by request, We also provide student-centered hospitalization support services, including coordination of hospitalization and post-hospitalization. Typically, this includes accompanying students to the emergency room for evaluation.

Our mission is to empower students for academic and relationship success through specialized, inclusive, and integrated treatment that provides essential stability.

The ICS team includes: 

  • Social worker
  • Crisis counselors
  • Psychiatric provider
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Rotating providers-in-training

Students can schedule a consultation and speak with a counselor about their concerns and express interest in the program. If students have health records from previous treatments, hospitalizations, psychological or neuropsychological assessment — or any of the above records or test results for managing any chronic condition — please have them available whenever possible to help us get your care started. For more information about an initial screening, please call (517) 355-8270 or email 

Benefits of Using ICS

  • ICS at CAPS is student-centered and aims to keep each student attending classes. We'll work around their schedule as much as possible.

  • Students benefiting from ICS often need higher-intensity services than traditional individual therapy can provide, or they might have co-existing chronic health concerns or elevated risk factors.

  • The ICS team works to provide a holistic approach to integrated care for students with high levels of acuity, severe emotional dysregulation, interpersonal issues and behavioral crises.

  • ICS individual and group psychotherapy sessions aim to replace behaviors that are life-threatening or interfere with therapy or quality of life with skills like mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. These skills allow students to interact with their environment in more adaptive ways.

  • The ICS can provide support services for students meeting criteria for psychiatric hospitalization, as well as students who have been released from hospitalization recently.

  • Case management helps to navigate environmental and systemic obstacles you might be facing as a college student in treatment and after discharge from the ICS.

  • By keeping students enrolled and attending classes, ICS can help improve or maintain academic performance, as well as improve health and overall functioning.