The first step in accessing CAPS services is to schedule a Screening Appointment through the UHC Patient Portal or by calling the CAPS office at 706-542-2273.
Top Ten Things to Know About the Screening Appointment:
- Before the appointment you will need to complete some initial documentation that can be accessed on-line through the UHC Patient Portal.
- Arrive to your Screening appointment about 15 minutes earlier than scheduled to complete a brief assessment.
- If you are late to your Screening appointment or you have not allowed enough time to complete documentation before the scheduled appointment, you may be rescheduled for the next available appointment which may be on another day.
- If you are experiencing an urgent or crisis situation no appointment is required. You may walk into CAPS and you will be seen on the same day.
- The Screening appointment is scheduled for 30 minutes.
- During the Screening appointment we will want to gain a good understanding of your concerns and make an assessment of your needs.
- At the conclusion of the Screening, we will collaborate with you on a plan that may include CAPS services or assistance with transition of care to other on- or off-campus resources.
- There is no cost for a Screening appointment.
- The clinician who you meet with for your Screening appointment may not be the clinician who you will work with for ongoing services. CAPS matches clients with clinicians based on areas of expertise as well as availability. Providing CAPS with as much availability as you have can increase the likelihood that you will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment sooner rather than later.
- During high-demand times of the semester there may be a wait of two or more weeks for a follow-up appointment at CAPS. The clinician that you meet with for your Screening appointment will discuss this with you and make an appropriate plan for you, taking wait times for follow-up into consideration.
For Students who are in treatment with a provider outside of CAPS and request CAPS services:
- If you receive either psychiatric or counseling services from a provider outside of CAPS, you will be required to transfer that care to CAPS in order to access CAPS services. For example, if you have a counselor at another campus clinic or off-campus you will not be able to access CAPS psychiatric services unless you also choose to see a CAPS counselor. If you take medication for ADHD and would like to transfer your prescription to CAPS, please refer to our ADHD policy to determine whether CAPS can prescribe your medication for you.