The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) program provides an extremely valuable resource for students in need. The committee recognizes the impact this program has on many students. The committee believes that CAPS is a form of health care and should be funded as an integral part of Student Health Services. This would require an expansion of the student health fee to meet a percentage of CAPS budget. It may be possible, for example, to utilize CAPS and the SHS for intake evaluations for the Disability Resource Center; it may make more sense to include this service in SHS on campus than to continue to send students to off-campus providers.
Implementation Process – Student Affairs should create a business plan to fund the integration of CAPS as well as DRC intake, evaluations for new services, and screening services into an expanded Student Heath Services model. The plan should be based on fee revenue and should free up resources from existing programs for re-direction to improve other student services.