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2017 Medical Service Fee Referendum

 

 

Between April 11 – April 13 , 2017 all students had an opportunity to vote on a proposal to incrementally increase the medical service fee. The incremental fee increase was intended to allow the Student Counseling Center to add more staff, services, and outreach activities for students.  Below is more information about the proposal and the medical service fee referendum vote.

*You may provide feedback or ask questions via the contact information noted at the end of this webpage.


Why were students asked to vote on increasing the medical service fee?

In 2015 the Student Government Association’s Mental Health Committee and the Student Health Advisory Committee created and administered a survey to all students. The survey gauged student satisfaction with both the Student Health Clinic and Student Counseling Center.

Survey results uncovered that students wanted a decrease in wait times to see a provider, increases in testing services, and increases in overall outreach to students (see survey results here).

It was proposed that, if the medical service fee referendum was approved by students (via a vote), the incremental increase in the medical service fee would allow the Student Counseling Center to add more staff, services, and outreach activities for students.

See student testimonials about the importance of the Student Counseling Center here.

What is the medical service fee?

The Medical Service Fee is a yearly fee assessed to all students for medical services provided by the Student Health Clinic and the Student Counseling Center. Prior to the vote, the fee was $159.75* per year.

*Note: The medical service fee is divided between the Student Health Clinic (2/3) and the Student Counseling Center (1/3).

How much are other UT health related universities paying for the medical service fee?

School Annual
UTMB Galveston $225.00
UT Southwestern $225.00
UT HSC Houston $179.70
UT HSC San Antonio $159.75

How much was the proposed fee increase?

Students would have to pay an increase of approximately $16.00 per year over a four year period (less than 10% a year) until the fee reaches $225 (state maximum allowed).

Academic Year-Proposed Incremental Fee Schedule

 

AY 2017

AY 2018

AY 2019

AY 2020

AY 2021

Medical Services Fee Incremental Increase

$159.75

$175.65

$193.20

$212.40

$225.00

The referendum passed, how will students benefit?

  • 2 full time psychologists were hired in 2017.
  • Overall wait times for an appointment decreased due to additional staffing.
  • Access to a variety of diagnostic testing instruments increased.
  • Outreach/Services increased:
    • Themed mental health programming (e.g., Mindfulness Tuesday)
    • Relaxation Room (e.g., Massage Chairs; Biofeedback Computers)
    • Group/Workshop Room (e.g, Anxiety Group Sessions; Time Management Workshops)

There were opportunities to discuss the proposal before the vote took place; see below for dates and times.

Here is the schedule of the open forums:

  • 3/7/17; 12 pm – 1 pm (Holly Auditorium)  Open Forum Video
  • 3/22/17; 12 pm – 1 pm (ALTC 3.301)         Open Forum Video
  • 3/28/17; 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Medical School 309L)

Where may I access the power point slides used during the open form sessions?

You may access the power point slides here .

 

If you have additional questions about the referendum,

please contact the SCC Director, Dr. Mia Veve,

either by email to veve@uthscsa.edu or phone at 210-567-2648.


MSF Referendum Questions or Feedback

 

 

 

 

About Us

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Serving the personal and academic concerns of UT Health students.

Phone us at: 210-567-2648
3RD FLOOR OF THE DENTAL BUILDING IN ROOM 3.055R
HOURS: 8 AM – 5 PM

 

We look forward to seeing you!


OUR MISSION

The mission of the Student Counseling Center is to provide assistance, support and counsel to students dealing with the complex personal, social and academic demands of the professional school setting. We are here to promote your wellness!

The Student Counseling Center utilizes principles of prevention in establishing programs.  Services will promote and enhance the development of academic competence, emotional stability, life-long learning styles and effective decision-making skills.

The Student Counseling Center has a multidisciplinary staff including residents in psychiatry and psychology and is organized to meet the needs of Health Science Center students.

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After-Hours Crisis Intervention

After-Hours Mental Health Emergencies

  • UT Health Student Counseling Center  (21o) 567-2648 – the answering service will provide a prompt to select to speak with a trained mental health professional to help those in crisis.

  • Mental Health Hotline  1-800-273-8255

  • Suicide Hotline  1-800-784-2433

  • Rape Crisis Center 24-hour Hotline (210) 349-7273

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How do I make an appointment?

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You can make an appointment by calling #210-567-2648 or coming to the Student Counseling Center between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

We are located in the Old Dental School Building at the Main Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive.

WE ON THE 3RD FLOOR IN ROOM 3.055R, THROUGH DOOR 3.201R.

What to Expect During the First Appointment

  • Please arrive a 5-10 minutes early to complete paperwork about our services and our policy on confidentiality.
  • The first visit will last about 40-50 minutes.
  • It is focused on understanding the nature of your concerns and clarifying goals and expectations.
  • Students are encouraged to participate actively in determining the care they need in order to reach their goals.
  • By the end of the first session, typically an agreement is reached regarding the next steps to take.
  • All counseling sessions are offered at no cost to the student.

If you have any questions, please contact us, we are here to help. Phone # 210-567-2648.

Location

How to get to the Student Counseling Center

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We are located on the Main Campus, in the Dental School building,

WE ARE ON THE 3RD FLOOR OF THE DENTAL SCHOOL IN ROOM 3. 055R  – BEHIND DOOR 3.201R

 

If you are coming from the ALTC or the School of Medicine:

Stay on the 3rd floor and walk through to the Dental School you will see signs in the hallway for the Student Counseling Center indicating where we are located.

 

 

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If you are in the Dental School building:

Take the elevator to the 3th floor look for our signs in the hallway.

    

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If you are taking the shuttle from another campus, or are driving over to visit our office:

The shuttle stops right out front of the building. During construction – walk to the side of the building, past the covered parking garage, and enter through the side near the old Texas Star Cafe.

There is metered parking in front of the building, if you wish to use it. During construction of the front of the Dental building – walk to the side of the building, near the covered parking garage, and enter through the side near the old Texas Star Cafe.

Inside, either walk up the stairs or take the elevator up to the 3rd floor.  Head down the main hall corridor – signs will be posted directing you to our office.

We are in Room 3.055R.

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We look forward to seeing you at the Student Counseling Center!

For more information and if you have any questions,

Please call us at 210-5567-2648 anytime between  8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

We are here to help.

Message for Medical Students

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Commencing Academic Year 2015-16, all mental health services for students in the School of Medicine (SOM) will be exclusively administered through the Student Counseling Center (SCC).  The SCC is resourced to serve the specific and unique needs of the medical student population and ensure privacy and confidentiality.

All providers in the SCC are divorced from any role in student academic performance evaluations/assessments.

The SCC provides psychiatric and psychological mental health services under the direction of Mia Veve, Ph.D., Director of the Student Counseling Center, and SOM psychiatrist, Julie Bailey, MD.  Dr. Bailey maintains regular SCC office hours and she (or alternate physician designee) is accessible through the SCC for emergency situations.

All services at the SCC are provided free of charge

to all SOM students.

For SCC appointments for therapy or psychiatric services,

or after-hours crisis intervention,

medical students can call the SCC at 210-567-2648,

or visit the SCC, in person, from 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday. 

The SCC is located in Room 3.055R in the Dental School Building

at the main campus (Long Campus; 7703 Floyd Curl Drive).

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For after-hours crisis intervention students are encouraged to use the ProtoCall Answering Service that can be accessed by calling 210-567-2648. 

A trained professional is available to answer your call and help address your concerns.

 

Overview of HIPAA

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What is HIPAA?

It is a federal law titled the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Which federal agency oversees HIPAA compliance?

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

Why was HIPAA established?

  • To protect employees’ insurance when they lost or changed jobs.
  • To protect the privacy and security of patients’ health information.
  • To adopt national standards for electronic health care transactions.
  • To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system.

What do the HIPAA regulations do for health care?

  • Protects patients’ rights regarding their health information, including the right to review it and make decisions about how it is used and disclosed.
  • Provides for appropriate use and disclosure of patients’ health information.
  • Requires health care providers to implement safeguards to ensure privacy of patients’ health information.

On what exactly do the privacy regulations focus?

  • Individually identifiable information, which means it identifies the patient or could be used to identify the patient.
  • Paper or electronic patient medical or health records.
  • Patient information exchanged verbally.
  • Information relating to the past, present, or future physical or mental condition of an individual.
  • Research data that identifies individual patients.

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You matter to us at the Student Counseling Center!

For more information or to book an appointment for Counseling, Consultation, or use one of our Massage Chairs, call us at 210-567-2648.

Personal Counseling & Services Provided

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Personal Concerns

  • Increasing self confidence and coping with self doubt
  • Managing stress effectively
  • Coping with feelings of depression and/or anxiety
  • Developing self assertion
  • Overcoming self-defeating behavior
  • Relationship issues

Medication Consultation

  • Evaluation and medication treatment
  • Medication management

Academic Difficulties

  • Test or performance anxiety
  • Conflict with instructor or clinical supervisor
  • Organizing and learning course objectives
  • Time management

Career Issues

  • Clarifying career goals and interests
  • Confronting doubts about career choice
  • Identifying a specialty interest

Substance Abuse

  • Evaluation
  • Referral
  • Consultation
  • Education

Massage Chairs

  • We have 2 Massage Chairs for your relaxation!
  • Each Massage session is 20 minutes in duration
  • You can either drop-in or call in to schedule an appointment for Massage Chair use

     Both Massage Chairs are Free to Use! Come out & Relax with us!  

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Format of services

Individual counseling, couples counseling, medication consultation, telephone consultations, workshops that focus on study skills, time management, stress management, or other topics may be arranged for a group by contacting the office.

Advanced trainees do not provide treatment or evaluation for students from the same training pathway.  Psychological evaluation and/or treatment will not be provided by personnel with a role in an individual student’s evaluation and progression in an academic curriculum.

Policy on providers of care to medical students: http://som.uthscsa.edu/StudentAffairs/documents/ProvidersCareMedicalStudents.pdf

 

Message for Medical Students

Commencing Academic Year 2015-16, all mental health services for students in the School of Medicine (SOM) will be exclusively administered through the Student Counseling Center (SCC).  The SCC is resourced to serve the specific and unique needs of the medical student population and ensure privacy and confidentiality.  All providers in the SCC are divorced from any role in student academic performance evaluations/assessments.

The SCC provides psychiatric and psychological mental health services under the direction of Mia Veve, Ph.D., Director of the Student Counseling Center, and SOM psychiatrist, Julie Bailey, MD.  Dr. Bailey maintains regular SCC office hours and she (or alternate physician designee) is accessible through the SCC for emergency situations.  For after-hours crisis intervention students are to use the ProtoCall Answering Service that can be accessed by calling 210-567-2648.

All services with the SCC are provided free of charge to all SOM students.

For SCC appointments for therapy or psychiatric services, or after-hours crisis intervention, medical students should call the SCC at 210-567-2648, or visit us in person.

How to Schedule an Appointment?

You can make an appointment by calling (210) 567-2648 or coming to the Student Counseling Center between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

 

 

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Policy on Providers of Care to Students

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We care about your concerns.

Our policy is that all students who access the UT Health Student Counseling Center will be seen by a professional provider who is not involved with their academic evaluation or clinical rotation supervision. 

Advanced trainees do not provide treatment or evaluation for students from the same training pathway.

Psychological evaluation and/or treatment will not be provided by personnel with a role in an individual student’s evaluation and progression in an academic curriculum.

Policy on providers of care to medical students: http://som.uthscsa.edu/StudentAffairs/documents/ProvidersCareMedicalStudents.pdf