Community Mental Health Providers serving traditionally marginalized/underserved communities
Responding to expressed student needs identified by the Black Survivors Coalition, the University through the Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS) worked to arrange contracts with a number of community mental health providers focused on serving traditionally marginalized or underserved communities, particularly women and femmes of color who have experienced sexual assault, harassment, or violence. These services have been extended to include students who are struggling with racial trauma. Services are free of charge to students and available through December 31, 2020. These services are designed for currently enrolled students who haven’t already engaged in ongoing counseling work with CAPS or with outside community providers.
Please see this document for descriptions and contact information of the community providers. Students may contact the providers directly to set up services. Due to the pandemic, most providers are offering online video counseling.
If a student is located in DC, all the providers listed will likely be available. If a student is not located in DC, that student may engage in teletherapy with a provider as long as that provider is legally allowed to offer services in the state where the student is residing. Be sure to inquire with the provider you have chosen regarding this.
Providers will be keeping their own records regarding visits, which are not part of the CAPS record-keeping system. However if the need arises for CAPS to advocate for the student with the Dean or with the Academic Resource Center, students can request that their provider send CAPS any needed information.
In case of emergency: The providers will be working in their private practice capacity. As such, it is appropriate for a student to reach out to their provider directly in case of emergency. (As a backup, students can use the CAPS on-call number after normal business hours, 833-960-3006; during the business day, students could contact CAPS at 202-687-6985 if there is an emergency and a student cannot get through to their community provider.)
This document contains more information. Any questions? Please contact Dr. Phil Meilman, Director of CAPS, at (202) 687-7060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.