REFERRAL PATTERN FOR STUDENTS IN NEED
OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
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
When a student with mental health needs is recognized by or reported to faculty or
staff, the following protocol is used:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Director of Student Counseling Services is responsible for the review of this
policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review).
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
Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes
11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.
02/21/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.