Crisis Information

Emergencies: 911

CAPS (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm):
(814) 863-0395

Penn State Crisis Line (24/7):
(877) 229-6400

Crisis Text Line (24/7):
txt "LIONS" to 741741

CAPS Locations

- Student Health Center (SHC)
- Bank of America (BoA)
- Allenway Building (Downtown)
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Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric services are available for CAPS clients who may benefit from medication in addition to counseling. Students must be referred to a psychiatric provider by a member of the CAPS staff.

What to Expect From Your First Visit

If a CAPS staff has referred you to one of our psychiatric providers, then you will be scheduled for an initial one hour appointment. Prior to that appointment you will be asked to complete a medical/psychiatric history form and a depression questionnaire. The appointment will consist of a diagnostic interview after which we will share with you our diagnostic impressions and recommendations. We will describe the risks and benefits of treatment. We expect you to ask questions and play an active part in making decisions about your treatment.

If You Are Prescribed Medication

If medication is initiated as part of your treatment plan, you will be scheduled for regular follow-up visits to determine how you are tolerating and responding to treatment. These visits average 20 minutes and occur approximately every 2-3 weeks until your symptoms have improved and you are stabilized on medication. Meanwhile, you should be pursuing your psychotherapy at CAPS. Medication works best in combination with psychotherapy.


Psychiatric evaluation and follow-up visits are charged at $30 per visit. Payment is expected at the time of the visit and may be made by cash, check, or charged to your student account. CAPS will only bill Aetna Student Health for your appointments. If you have another insurance company, we will provide you with a billing statement that contains all the necessary information for you to submit to your insurance company.

Treatment for ADHD

ADHD is a developmental disorder that may persist into adulthood, thus requiring long-term care. Unfortunately CAPS does not have the resources to provide treatment for many students needing long-term treatment for ADHD or other mental disorders. CAPS does provide some short-term treatment which may include medication for students who are determined in the course of treatment at CAPS to suffer from ADHD.

Read more about options for Evaluation and Treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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