Policy STUA-SCS-003

Responsible University Administrator:

Vice President for Student Affairs

Responsible Officer:Director of Student Counseling Services
Origination Date:N/A
Current Revision Date:02/21/13
Next Review Date:02/21/17
End of Policy Date:N/A
Policy Number:STUA-SCS-003
Status:Effective

 

REFERRAL PATTERN FOR STUDENTS IN NEED

OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

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Policy Statement


The complexity of mental health needs of the collegiate population has increased nationally in the past several years. The University of Southern Mississippi is proactive in implementing and practicing a multi-department intervention process to identify and assist our students in need. By doing so, students will receive services to help them achieve their academic and life goals, thereby increasing their chances for success and decreasing any risk of harm to themselves or others.

Reason for Policy/Purpose


This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding the referral of students for mental health services.

Who Needs to Know This Policy


All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.

Website Address for this Policy


www.usm.edu/institutional-policies/policy- stua-scs-003

Definitions


 

  

Policy/Procedures


When a student with mental health needs is recognized by or reported to faculty or staff, the following protocol is used:

 

  1. Students who are willing to seek help, do not appear to be an imminent danger to themselves or others, and are cooperative with a referral should be referred to The University of Southern Mississippi Student Counseling Services, either personally or via phone.
  2. Students who appear to be an imminent danger to themselves or others should be managed by the University Police Department and reported to the Dean of Students office in an expeditious manner. A completed Campus Action Referral and Evaluation form should be completed online (http://www.usm.edu/student-counseling-services/report-critical-incidents-southern-miss-cares). If necessary, the dean of students will contact Student Counseling Services for assistance. A mandatory referral for mental health services requires the completion of the Dean of Students Referral to Counseling Services form.
  3. Students who do not appear to be an imminent danger to themselves or others, but who do appear to be in distress and are non-cooperative with referral to the Student Counseling Services, should be reported to the Dean of Students office via a completed Campus Action Referral and Evaluation Form. The Dean of Students office will contact Student Counseling Services for assistance and complete the Dean of Students Referral to Student Counseling Services form.

Review


The Director of Student Counseling Services is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review). 


Forms/Instructions


Campus Action Referral and Evaluation form available online (http://www.usm.edu/student-counseling-services/report-critical-incidents-southern-miss-cares)

 

Dean of Students Referral to Counseling Services form available through Dean of Students office. 

 


Appendices


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Related Information


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History


Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes

 

11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.

02/21/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.