The University of Connecticut's Humphrey Clinic for Individual, Couple and Family Therapy closed its doors in August, leaving UConn students without a way to seek mental health care that does not appear on their fee bills.
For many students, Humphrey Clinic was a cheap alternative to Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS). According The Humphrey Clinic website, it provided services for as little as $15 per session.
Some students, who wish to remain anonymous, said the Humphrey Clinic was a place for students to go for help if they did not want their mental health services to appear on their UConn fee bill or family insurance.
“It’s a shame that UConn shut it down,” a student who used the services at the Humphrey Clinic said.
“Now I can’t see a therapist anymore because UConn took away my only option.”
Another student who utilized the services said students who are not able to seek out help from their parents are left displaced by the Humphrey Clinic’s closing.
“A lot of people aren’t lucky enough to be able to reach out to their parents for help, and for someone like me that had to pay for therapy and seek it out on my own, the Humphrey Clinic was the only option,” said a former patient at the Humphrey Clinic.
Students can receive certain services, including individual and family therapy with doctoral trainees and interns, for $15 per session. Other services such as individual, family and group therapy with licensed clinicians and prescribers cost upwards of $100 per session.
The clinic, located on Bolton Road, had been serving UConn students and the greater Mansfield area for over 30 years, was in the process of closing for a over year, according to a statement released on their website.
“UConn Counseling and Mental Health Services had known for a while that Humphrey Clinic was closed, and therefore stopped sending them new referrals last year,” UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz said. “Students seeking counseling services who were former clients of the Humphrey Clinic are free to contact CMHS.”
According to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State, higher education counselors today are treating more students with various mental health problems from depression to anxiety to serious psychiatric disorders, than ever before. According to an article by the Rave, this trend is encouraging universities across the nation to expand their mental health facilities to meet growing demand.
UConn was criticized by the Hartford Courant in May 2015 for its inability to keep up with the demand for mental health services on campus.
“Students seeking treatment at UConn's largest clinic, Counseling and Mental Health Services, often faced a two week wait for treatment due to a lack of available appointments,” Elizabeth Cracco, the clinic's director, said in the article.
Alexis Charles is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.