Services Provided at CAPS

Individual and Couples’ Counseling

CAPS provides short-term individual and couples’ counseling to UGA students and their eligible spouses. For individuals who would benefit from longer term counseling than CAPS can provide or who require specialized services, we provide assistance with transition of care to other on- and off-campus resources.

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. At the conclusion of the 30-minute Screening appointment with a CAPS counselor, service options and recommendations will be discussed. There is no charge for the Screening appointment.


Group Counseling

Research indicates that group counseling often is the preferred and most effective form of treatment for many concerns. CAPS groups provide participants with the opportunity to receive support, understanding, and insight from other students with similar concerns. Our groups usually meet weekly during the semester and are facilitated by CAPS clinicians in a confidential setting.

CAPS develops a schedule for group counseling at the beginning of each semester. Please check the Groups Schedule for a list of currently available groups.

Group counseling may be recommended for you during your initial Screening appointment, or there may be a group you have identified that you are interested in joining. Current clients may speak to their clinicians about joining a group. If you are interested in a group but never have been to CAPS or have not been to CAPS in at least six months, you first will need to schedule a Screening appointment which is the point of entry for all CAPS services.


Psychiatric Services

CAPS offers evaluations for psychiatric medication and medication management to eligible individuals who may benefit from medication. Clients are not required to take medication, and not all clients need medication.

If you are interested in pursuing psychiatric medication at CAPS please note that the wait time for an initial appointment may be several weeks.

If you would like to begin psychiatric services at CAPS or transfer psychiatric medication management and you are engaged in counseling services with an outside provider you will need to transfer all of your mental health treatment to CAPS.

Current Clients:
If you are a current client and are interested in psychiatric services at CAPS, you may speak to your clinician about the process of scheduling an appointment for a psychiatric evaluation and whether medication may be beneficial in your treatment. At times CAPS clinicians may recommend a psychiatric evaluation to their current clients.

New Clients or Returning Clients:
If you are interested in psychiatric services but never have been to CAPS or have not been to CAPS in the last 6 months, you first will need to schedule an initial Screening appointment. During the Screening appointment, a clinician will discuss with you whether scheduling a psychiatric evaluation is appropriate. Please be aware that a referral to an off-campus psychiatrist will be facilitated if counseling is recommended by a CAPS clinician and you are not interested in participating.

Transferring Medication to CAPS:
If you already are prescribed psychiatric medication from a provider outside of CAPS you may be able to transfer your medication management to CAPS. Transfer of medication is not permitted without first having an initial Screening appointment. Individuals who are interested in transferring medication should maintain a relationship with their current care provider and an adequate supply of medication as this process could take several weeks.

ADHD Medication
CAPS Psychiatric Services can start treatment for ADHD or continue an existing treatment plan only for individuals who can provide CAPS with documentation that meets the requirements established by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.
More information about the required documentation for ADHD Medication
CAPS cannot prescribe stimulant medication for ADHD without the required documentation.

Transition of Care to Community Providers:
CAPS offers transition of care assistance to off-campus psychiatric providers if it is determined that we cannot meet your psychiatric needs. Examples include, but are not limited to, eligible individuals who:

  • Require ongoing psychiatric stabilization, intensive treatment, complex medication management, or specialized services.
  • Have no mental health treatment history and are not interested in pursuing counseling at CAPS.
  • Are receiving counseling services from a mental health provider outside of CAPS and do not wish to transfer those services to CAPS.
  • Have longer term or specialized counseling needs that cannot be met by CAPS.
  • Already have an established relationship with a psychiatric provider outside of CAPS and do not plan to transfer all psychiatric care to CAPS.
  • Want to begin or transfer psychiatric treatment for ADHD and do not have the required documentation.

Crisis Intervention

CAPS provides crisis services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for urgent situations (e.g. you are thinking about harming yourself or another person, you are in so much distress that you are unable to function in your daily activities, or you cannot keep yourself safe). During regular business hours students in crisis may call CAPS at 706-542-2273 and speak with a clinician or walk into CAPS with no appointment required and be seen by a clinician. After-hours and on weekends or holidays, CAPS may be contacted by calling the UGA Police Department at 706-542-2200 and asking to speak with the CAPS on-call clinician.


Transition of Care to Community Resources

CAPS provides short-term counseling to UGA students and their eligible spouses. For individuals who would benefit from longer term counseling than CAPS can provide or who require specialized services, we provide assistance with transitions to other on- and off- campus resources. We will work with you to find an alternative resource if you:

  • Require ongoing psychiatric stabilization and complex medication management.
  • Need more intensive treatment than CAPS can provide.
  • Would benefit from specialized services not within the expertise of CAPS clinical staff members.
  • Prefer ongoing or longer term mental health support.
  • Already have an established relationship(s) with provider(s) outside of CAPS and do not plan or desire to transfer care to CAPS.
  • Prefer referral to other resources during high-demand times of the semester when there may be a wait for CAPS services.

CAPS Care Planning Team is available for you to provide transition of care to other resources, if needed. They can explain and walk you through this level of care and will help you find a community therapist, psychiatrist or other services that might best fit your needs. This team of care specialists will help you with any obstacles that you may encounter and ensure you find the professional help you need. To make an appointment for assistance with transition of care access the UHC Patient Portal and look for an available Transition of Care appointment.

If you would like recommendations for community providers without meeting with a CAPS clinician first, please contact us at 706-542-2273 and ask to speak with a care specialist.


Programs

CAPS offers programs to the University of Georgia community that primarily emphasize education, prevention, and early intervention. Programs that we offer are intended to provide a proactive focus while disseminating knowledge and reducing mental health stigma. They may include but are not limited to:

  • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training.
  • Identification and referral of distressed individuals.
  • Information on specific mental health issues and topics.
  • Education about CAPS services and the process for accessing services.

CAPS welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with faculty, staff, and student groups in the development of programs to meet particular needs. If you are interested in scheduling a CAPS program, please contact the CAPS Outreach Coordinator by phone (706) 542-2273. We suggest that you make your request at least one month prior to your intended program date. Please keep in mind that fulfillment of program requests is contingent upon staff availability and expertise. CAPS clinical staff members do not provide informational interviews or meet with students in order to satisfy the requirements for an academic or related assignment.

Workshops

The University Health Center conducts free wellness and prevention workshops through #BeWellUGA.
Find a listing of all of the current workshops, including those offered by CAPS. Please check often as the list of available workshops changes periodically.


Consultation Services

Consultation services are offered to the University of Georgia campus community and are an integral part of what we do at CAPS. Our professional staff offers this service in the form of established liaison relationships with other offices across campus and as requested by faculty, staff, students, and concerned others. CAPS consultation services provide an opportunity for our staff to extend our mental health expertise outside of CAPS and offer assistance regarding concerns that include, but are not limited to:

  • Making referrals to CAPS.
  • Suggestions for identifying and helping distressed individuals.
  • Recommendations for responding to specific situations.
  • Discussion of concerns prior to an individual coming to CAPS for services.
  • Continuity of care and timely exchange of important information.
  • Referral to appropriate resources both on campus and in the local community.

Mental health records are confidential under law in the state of Georgia. We can receive information from you once an individual becomes a client at CAPS, but information cannot be provided by our office unless a client gives us written permission to do so by signing a Release of Information form. Without such a release we can neither confirm nor deny that a specific individual is receiving services at CAPS. Exceptions to confidentiality may occur only under certain circumstances. These exceptions include serious immediate threat to the life or welfare of the individual, of another person, or to the campus community.

If you would like to consult with CAPS, during regular business hours you may contact our office at (706) 542-2273 and ask to speak to a walk-in clinician or a member of the CAPS leadership team. For after-hours crisis consultation you may contact the UGA Police Department at (706) 542-2200 and ask to speak to the CAPS on-call clinician.