Mental Health Services Updates

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Last updated 5/22/19
 

Upcoming changes to Cornell Health's counseling services 

Cornell Health is planning changes to student mental health services to provide more rapid access to care and increased flexibility in follow-up options. 

These changes are in response to student feedback and a steadily increasing utilization of mental health services over the past decade.

Beginning in Fall 2019:

  • Students will be able to access care when they need it, through 25-minute counseling sessions that can often be scheduled the same day. 
  • Students will have increased flexibility in deciding which mental health provider they see and when: they can select a counselor based on convenience or availability (i.e., first available appointment or a visit with a provider of their choosing).
  • A student’s first visit will be a 25-minute session during which the counselor will focus on meeting the student’s immediate needs, learning about the student’s goals for treatment, and making a recommendation for next steps, if needed (e.g., another 25-minute session, individual or group counseling, or referrals to other resources on or off campus).  
  • Students who want follow-up counseling can work with their provider to determine appointment frequency and length (25 or 50 minutes). 
  • Students who do not schedule follow-up appointments can still return for 25-minute counseling visits in the future. 
  • Students will have increased access to “Let’s Talk” consultations across campus, group counseling, skills-based workshops, and psychotropic medication management services. They will also benefit from enhanced collaboration between the mental health and primary care medical providers at Cornell Health.

Background:

We are building on the success of our existing brief, goal-focused services – including Let’s Talk, urgent walk-in counseling visits, and the Behavioral Health Consultant program – by offering more immediate access to counseling sessions. Students who want follow-up care will have greater flexibility in accessing options to meet their unique needs.   

This approach is similar to those being used at Brown University and other peer institutions to provide a greater number of students with more rapid access to quality care. 

How we plan to accommodate these changes:

Beginning fall 2019, Counseling and Psychological Services will be shifting away from telephone "brief assessment" screenings to in-person first appointments that can often be scheduled the same day. Therapists’ daily schedules will include both brief same-day appointments and pre-scheduled counseling appointments. 

Changes made to mental health services at Cornell Health will be included in the university's comprehensive Mental Health Review

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Other university support for this model:

 

More details will be added to this page soon.