There are a number of campus resources available to help staff and faculty find support for themselves, a student or a colleague.

Campus resources for referring students

Red Folder

Red Folder is a guide that can help faculty, staff and others who interact with students to recognize, respond to and refer students in distress.

Learn more about Red Folder

Student Support and Case Management

SSCM provides support to students throughout their college career and helps them achieve their academic and personal goals. SSCM does not solve a student’s problems for them, but helps identify issues and appropriate resources and works collaboratively with the student to develop an action plan. Case managers are trained to answer questions, identify next steps and connect students with appropriate resources related to substance use as well as a range of other support options. 

Learn more about SSCM

College-specific liaisons

CU Boulder colleges and schools have access to dedicated teams of liaisons from Counseling and Psychiatric Services, the Office of Victim Assistance and Health Promotion.

Liaisons are here to support faculty and staff by providing streamlined referrals, connecting faculty and staff to training opportunities and information, working directly with students, staff and faculty to address concerns, offering clinical and non-clinical support and education, and working collaboratively to direct students to the services that best meet their needs.

Learn more about college-specific liaisons

Campus resources for staff and faculty


Looking for a ride home? Give CU NightRide a try! This student-operated program provides free night-time transportation for all CU Boulder students, staff and faculty. 

Learn more about NightRide

Naloxone (Narcan)

Medical Services provides Naloxone (brand name Narcan) free of charge to Buff OneCard holders through the Apothecary Pharmacy at Wardenburg Health Center. You can also find Naloxone at other locations around Boulder.

Learn more about naloxone availability

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides free mental health services to all CU Boulder staff and faculty. FSAP counselors are here to support staff and faculty through free workshops, brief individual counseling, community referrals and more.

Learn more about FSAP

Office of Victim Assistance

The Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) provides free, confidential counseling, advocacy, information and referrals for all CU community members, including undergrad and graduate students, staff and faculty. They specialize in addressing current and past life-disruptive events, including but not limited to, crime, trauma, gender-based violence, experiences of bias, harassment, discrimination, abuse and violence.

Learn more about OVA

Health insurance plans

All University of Colorado health insurance plans provide coverage for substance use, mental health and behavioral health concerns.

Learn more about medical plan benefits

Family medical leave

University employees afflicted by substance dependence are permitted rights consistent with the Family Medical Leave program.

Learn more about family medical leave


If you’re concerned about someone’s substance use, Kognito is a free tool that can help you practice having difficult conversations that help build resilience, strengthen relationships and create connections with campus resources. Through role-play, users build knowledge and skills around mental health and suicide prevention. Kognito is also designed to support academic performance, student retention, and campus safety.

Learn more about Kognito

SilverCloud Online Mental Health Program

SilverCloud is a free and confidential online portal that could be a good first step for someone navigating substance use related to stress, anxiety, or depression. Each module provides tips, information and interactive activities to help improve your emotional well-being. This program is available to all CU Boulder students, graduate students, staff and faculty. 

Learn more about SilverCloud

Nicotine cessation coaching

Health Promotion provides free quit kits, nicotine cessation coaching and tips for overcoming cravings. Call 303-492-2937 to schedule an appointment.

The Apothecary Pharmacy at Wardenburg Health Center also has nicotine patches and gum available for sale over-the-counter.