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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Behavioral Health Services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UCSB is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus. We are planning for several contingency scenarios and taking informed action to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of our service mission.

Behavioral Health Services at Student Health (Psychiatry, Social Work, and Alcohol and Drug Program) remain operational with the following measures to protect the health of the community. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020:

  1. Established appointments will remain in place and new ones will continue to be scheduled.
  2. In-person appointments will be changed to phone sessions or remote sessions using Zoom (when possible). Alternatively, students have the option of brief update communication with their treatment providers using secure messaging.
  3. Please reply or send your provider a secure message with your preference and update your contact information.
  4. At the time of the scheduled appointment, your provider will initiate the contact.

New and follow-up appointments:

Please call 805-893-3087

Cancellations:

If you are able to, please communicate with Student Health at 805-893-3087 regarding appointment cancellations. Late-cancellation and no-show fees will be waived as of March 16, 2020 through the end of April, 2020. 

After-hours:

After-hours crisis services are available by calling 805-893-4411 and selecting option “2.”

Tips for managing stress during this time:

Managing Fears and Anxiety around Coronavirus (image created by UC Berkeley)
Coping & Staying Emotionally Well During COVID-19-related School Closures (external link to Active Minds website)
WHO Coping with Stress (external PDF file)