Beginning Treatment

– What you need to know

CAPS offers a variety of mental health services to UCLA students. To initiate any CAPS service, you must first meet with a Brief Screen Counselor by following these steps:

  1. Visit CAPS during Brief Screen hours: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
  2. Bring your Student ID and check-in at the Front Desk Reception on either the first or second floor.
  3. Complete forms to describe the nature of your visit and review CAPS confidentiality and consent policies. The Front Desk staff will provide small computer tablets to complete these forms. You are welcome to bring your personal laptop to complete the forms (which the Front Desk staff can help you set up). Forms must be completed at CAPS on the day of your visit.
  4. Once all forms have been completed, you will meet briefly with a Brief Screen Counselor to assess your needs, discuss treatment options, and guide you in next steps.

Allow at least 15 minutes to complete the Brief Screen forms and 20 minutes to meet with a Brief Screen Counselor. As students are seen on a walk-in basis, wait times to meet with a Brief Screen Counselor will vary. Plan ahead and expect longer wait times after 12pm.

All registered UCLA students are eligible for assessment and treatment planning; crisis management; brief individual treatment; group treatment and/or referral to other resources as needed. Eligibility and fees are determined by the student’s current enrollment status and registration of Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

Visit Eligibility and Fees for further details.

Visit UC SHIP Mental Health Benefits for further details about UC SHIP insurance coverage.

Request for Documentation of CAPS Treatment

CAPS cannot provide documentation regarding diagnoses or treatment at the time of your Brief Screen. Documentation may be provided at the discretion of the treating clinician during the course of therapy and with a signed CAPS Authorization for Release of Medical and Mental Health Information. After any visit with a staff clinician, students may request a Verification of Attendance, which only indicates the date of the student’s visit but not the nature of the visit. Requests for Verification of Attendance letters can be made to the Front Desk staff.

Request for ADHD or Psycho-Educational Testing

Students seeking an evaluation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may receive an initial screening at Center for Accessible Education (CAE) or present to CAPS for an assessment. See ADHD Services for further details.

Students may receive a learning disability screening at CAE to help determine whether more extensive testing is appropriate. Contact or visit CAE for additional information

CAPS does not provide formal assessments requested solely for the purpose of accommodations on the MCAT, GMAT or LSAT, or for purposes of obtaining accommodations for professional credentialing. Students with SHIP insurance will be referred to providers in the community for comprehensive testing. Students without SHIP can receive assistance finding a psycho-educational testing provider using their private insurance. Visit CAPS for a Brief Screen for assistance.

The UCLA Psychology Clinic on campus also provides testing services for learning disabilities, behavioral and school problems, personality assessment, neuropsychological assessment and attention/concentration problems. They can usually provide testing for GRE, GMAT, LSAT and the Bar, but the MCAT and medical or dental board exams have more stringent requirements of testing administrators which clinicians at the Clinic may not have. The Clinic is open to the general public and UCLA faculty, staff and students receive a 10% discount on assessment services. Contact the UCLA Psychology Clinic for additional information: (310) 825-2305.

Request for UCEAP (Education Abroad Program) Medical Clearance

Students who have visited CAPS during their UCLA academic career may be required to obtain medical clearance to study abroad. Depending on the last CAPS session date, students may need a new intake appointment prior to the review of a clearance form.

Plan ahead and allow ample time for CAPS to assess your needs and return your medical clearance form to you. If you received mental health services with another provider after working with a CAPS clinician, that mental health provider would be better suited to determine your clinical needs and complete your clearance form as they had the most recent contact with you.