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Behavioral Health Scope of Care

All MU students are invited to schedule an initial consultation appointment if you are experiencing concerns about your emotional health. At this appointment, you will have the opportunity to share your concerns and explore your readiness for treatment.

When appropriate, you will be referred to Behavioral Health services here at the Health Center. In our efforts to be responsible stewards of the student health fee, Behavioral Health provides short-term counseling options (length and frequency will be discussed in collaboration with your provider), as well as ongoing medical management options. Counseling options may include individual, group or couples counseling.

You and a provider will discuss treatment recommendations that may include Behavioral Health services here at the Health Center or those elsewhere in the community, depending on what is most appropriate for your needs. We will assist you if you are referred to other treatment resources to make this transition as easy as possible, and we will make you aware of relevant additional support services at the Health Center or on campus.

Issues that are commonly addressed in short-term counseling:

  • mild to moderate mood (depression and bipolar) and anxiety disorders, grief and loneliness.
  • relationship difficulties, adjustment, sexual identity and phase of life concerns
  • academic problems
  • issues around meaning, purpose and spirituality
  • and some trauma, eating behaviors and gender identity concerns

Issues that are commonly addressed with psychiatry include the above concerns, as well as:

  • bipolar disorder, and severe and moderate depression
  • neurodevelopmental disorders (including the Autism Spectrum)
  • attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; sometimes referred to as ADD)
  • personality disorders
  • and psychotic disorders

Your psychiatrist and counselor may be co-managing these issues together.

Students who require treatment beyond short-term counseling, or that require a specialized form of behavioral health treatment, will be referred to appropriate community resources. These referrals may be made at the initial appointment or as the need for additional services becomes apparent. Providers will assist you in this process and follow-up with you to provide additional support in finding resources, if needed.

The Health Center has insurance specialists who are trained to help you understand the benefits of your health insurance policy and to identify providers included in that coverage.

Issues that are commonly addressed through referral to other local resources include:

  • chronic suicidality and self-injury not showing improvement
  • psychotic symptoms without medical stabilization
  • alcohol and other drug problems requiring specialized care
  • eating disorders requiring more intensive treatment.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or other personality issues requiring more comprehensive care
  • a severe deterioration in day-to-day functioning or issues requiring a community agency or case worker.

Behavioral health counselors and psychiatry providers do not complete evaluations for employment, legal or companion animal necessity.