Care management and community referrals
Mental Health Services offers brief therapy and other mental health treatment to students on a limited basis in order to offer support and access to all UW-Madison students. If you need long-term, urgent, or specialized treatment, UHS may suggest an outside community provider to better meet your needs. Some students choose to pursue treatment in the community instead of at UHS. You may be able to use your insurance for counseling and psychiatry in the community and Care Managers can assist you in getting connected to care outside of UHS.
To make sure that you get connected, UHS Care Managers can provide support while you establish care with a community provider. Once connected, our Care Managers will follow up to see if your needs have been met, or if you need additional access to mental health services in the community.
UHS Care Managers can help you navigate insurance plans to understand your coverage and benefits for a particular mental health service or provider. If you don’t have insurance coverage in Madison, they may be able to help you obtain local coverage or identify low-cost/sliding fee scale providers. In addition to mental health and insurance resources, Care Managers also can assist you in accessing transportation, financial help, food, housing, and academic resources to support your success as a student.
Some students with insurance prefer to establish care on their own. If this is the case, additional information about finding community providers is available below.