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


UCLA students who are currently receiving treatment services at CAPS, or who have received services at CAPS in the past, will need clearance from CAPS as part of the EAP clearance process.  Students should initiate the EAP clearance process electronically, through the Ashe Health Center portal (  Students should log into the Ashe portal, then select Messages, select send New Message, and select the choice that contains EAP Clearance to begin the online application.

The CAPS portion of the EAP clearance will be handled automatically as part of the EAP clearance process once initiated through the Ashe portal.  No paper forms are required, and a visit to CAPS for clearance is not needed, in most cases.

Please note that CAPS cannot provide EAP clearance for students that have received mental health treatment from providers outside of CAPS, and students will need to have those providers fill out a paper EAP clearance form (  Students will then need to take the completed paper EAP Clearance form to the Ashe Health Center.  CAPS is not able to offer students appointments for the sole purpose of EAP clearance.