CAPS has psychiatrists and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners who are specially trained to help students deal with or overcome mental disorders and psychological issues. They can provide diagnostic evaluations, make treatment recommendations, and when indicated, prescribe medications and provide ongoing medication management.
Concerns that are commonly addressed include, but are not limited to, excessive anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, bipolar and depressive disorder, phobias, hallucinations, and eating disorders.
Psychiatry services are available at Wardenburg Health Center and the C4C.
CU Boulder students who have paid both the mental health fee and the student health fee are eligible to receive a limited number of free visits in any CAPS location during the academic year: August 18, 2016 – August 17, 2017.
Free visits may include:
Free visits do not include:
Planning your visits:
Your CAPS provider will work with you to determine the frequency and duration of your treatment. When determining your coverage, the provider will consider the number of sessions you may need to address your concerns and your ability to access ongoing care.
If you have the CU Gold Plan, you may be eligible to receive additional visits as determined by your provider.
If it is decided that CAPS is not the best place to meet your needs, we will provide referrals to more appropriate resources on campus or in the community.
Referral to the Community:
Students whose needs cannot be met by CAPS or whose needs cannot be met by short-term treatment will likely be referred to a community provider. Referrals might occur immediately after the first appointment, or they might occur after some treatment and a further assessment of need has taken place. Some examples of clinical issues that will likely be referred to a provider in the community include, but are not limited to:
A need or desire to be seen more frequently than CAPS can accommodate. Most individual therapy clients are seen 1-3 times per month
Need for intensive outpatient (IOP) or inpatient services
Serious mental health conditions that require intensive, ongoing care
Significant or chronic disordered eating symptoms posing medical danger
Schedule an appointment by calling 303-492-CAPS(2277).
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to complete any necessary forms. *Arriving more than 10 minutes late may result in your being rescheduled.
If you need to cancel a scheduled appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance to avoid losing one of your free sessions or being charged a cancellation fee of $30-80 depending on the appointment type.
Counseling records are kept separate from academic and student health records and cannot be accessed by faculty, staff, parents or non-CAPS staff without written consent.
In order to provide effective and up-to-date services, we may consult other colleagues within CAPS about our work with students. Otherwise, information revealed in counseling, even the information that you have made an appointment, is not disclosed to others unless you provide written authorization for that information to be released.
The exceptions to this practice are:
Students are encouraged to address any questions or concerns about this important issue with their walk-in counselor or assigned therapist.