What to Expect
When a student first meets with a CAPS psychiatrist, they undergo an initial evaluation so the psychiatrist can understand the nature of their difficulty. This helps the psychiatrist establish a diagnosis and treatment plan, which in some cases continues the care the student was receiving prior to coming to UVM.
The psychiatric staff work closely with the CAPS counseling staff to coordinate student care.
Most students seeking psychiatric services are experiencing depression or anxiety. Students with major mood disorders, psychotic disorders or difficulties related to trauma are also seen and treated by the psychiatrists at CAPS. The evaluation of substance use disorders is also available. Most students under continuing care of the psychiatry staff are prescribed medications to treat their conditions and manage their symptoms.
Students who have been hospitalized or have utilized the local emergency room for mental health crises are encouraged to make use of the psychiatric services at CAPS. The psychiatric staff work closely with treatment providers at FAHC and other mental health treatment facilities in Vermont. Referrals are made, as necessary, to off-campus facilities for types and levels of care not provided by CAPS or the Center for Health & Wellbeing.
Unlike the counseling services at CAPS, psychiatry services are not covered by the UVM student Health Fee. Please take a few minutes to read and understand the fees associated with Psychiatric Services at UVM (PDF). Your insurance coverage determines your out of pocket expenses for these services.
If you have the UVM Student Health Insurance (UVM SHIP), your initial visit is covered at 100%, and all follow-up visits are covered at 80%. The remaining 20% is charged to your student account.
Students with other insurance coverage will have the charges associated with their visit applied directly to their UVM account. Statements are available at the time of each visit for students and their families to submit claims to their insurance companies if they have coverage for such services.
We Look Forward to Meeting You
The psychiatric providers at CAPS are faculty members in the Department of Psychiatry at UVM, and have extensive experience treating students and working in the local community. We are pleased to help students with mental health needs manage their conditions so they can have happy and healthy years at UVM. We look forward to meeting you and assisting you in whatever way we can.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or inquire about psychiatry services, please contact CAPS at 802-656-3340.