Intensive Clinical Services Unit (ICSU)

What is ICSU?

Intensive Clinical Services Unit (ICSU) exists due to a commitment from the University and Counseling & Psychiatric Services administration to support the provision of intensive clinical services to students in need of 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; and/or multiple diagnoses that may cause significant impairment in academic and relationship functioning. We offer higher frequency and variety of integrated mental health services through DBT-informed and multicultural treatment; the collaborative team environment allows your providers to coordinate your care efficiently and support you in achieving your goals. CAPS is dedicated to students and student success at MSU. 

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

A client's individualized ICSU plan may include:

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Support System Interventions
  • Case Management & Advocacy
  • Student-Centered Hospitalization Support & Coordination (*if applicable)

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

Additionally, ICSU provides crisis intervention services at all CAPS locations and in student health and wellness offices (e.g., primary care) by request, and student-centered hospitalization support services for students that includes coordination of hospitalization and post-hospitalization, and typically includes accompanying students to the emergency room for evaluation.


"Empowering students for academic and relationship success through specialized, inclusive, and integrated treatment that provides essential stability."

The ICSU Team

The ICSU team includes:

  • Social Worker
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Psychiatric Provider
  • Case Manager
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Rotating Providers in Training

Interested students will need to come to CAPS for an initial screening appointment and discussion of ICSU referral suitability. For more information about an initial screening, please call (517) 355-8270 or email caps@msu.edu. 

Benefits of Using ICSU

ICSU at CAPS is student-centered and aims to keep each student attending classes, working around their schedule as much as possible.

Students benefiting from ICSU often need higher intensity services than traditional individual therapy can provide, or may have co-existing chronic health concerns, and/or elevated risk factors.

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

ICSU individual and group counseling sessions aim to help students replace life-threatening, therapy-interfering, and quality-of-life interfering behaviors with Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills that allow students to interact with their environment in more adaptive ways.

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

Case management offers support in navigating environmental and systemic obstacles faced by college students in treatment and following intensive services.

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