CAPS provides a range of mental health services to the Brown community, including individual psychological treatment, mental health support, medication management, trainings and consultation for faculty and staff, crisis stabilization, after hours assessment and urgent care, outreach programming, and groups. If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please contact us so we can help (options below).
Please see our About Us page for information on our commitment to anti-racism.
COVID-19 UPDATE & FAQ
8/25/20 Update 21: We are fully committed to our community and will be here for you, regardless of what is happening with the coronavirus. CAPS has services available for all current students: undergrad, grad, and medical; both near campus or away.
Our current hours at CAPS are university business days (Mon-Fri) from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM. We will have some extended hours this fall for students with time zone or scheduling challenges, and there continue to be times for grad students and medical students outside those hours as well.
Please note that our office space is currently closed and we are offering our services remotely.
Meeting details: All scheduled meetings are taking place remotely (for both mental health and psychiatry). We are offering meetings using Zoom, and we can explore other communication options you may prefer, like the phone.
Scheduling a session: You can schedule a counseling session for the next business day two ways. You can use our new Appointment Request Form, or you can email us at [email protected]. If you're emailing about scheduling, it can speed things up if you also send times between 9:00-4:00 the next two working days with your request, and if you've been in before, whether you want to see the same provider again.
Changes to an existing appointment: If you already have a session booked and need to make a change, please email us at [email protected] and we can help you make the changes.
If you have an active prescription with us: For all inquires about medication (refills, adjustments, etc), please email us so we can get you to the right person [email protected].
Urgent needs: We continue to provide services for urgent situations. In those cases, please access one of the urgent help options immediately, including our number at 401-863-3476. If you call, follow the prompts to be connected to someone who can help. This is available 24/7, every day of the year, and you can access it from anywhere.
Finding Care Off Campus: If you interested in finding a mental health provider geographically near you, or in Providence but outside the university, start with our page on Finding Care Off Campus. If you need more assistance, email us and someone on our team can help sort things out with you.
First Year Students: If you are a first year student that has not yet fully started at the university, we have some options for you too. First, you are invited to join any of our workshops, outreach, and community building events. You are also welcome to contact us and have a meeting with the therapist to plan for services in the spring. We can also help you find resources where you are for the fall. For all of this stuff, just email [email protected] and we'll help.
For all other inquiries: Contact us via email [email protected] and someone will be in touch to help during our business hours. If you have specific questions about services for the Fall 2020 semester that are not answered above, write to our Director, Dr. Will Meek, at [email protected] and he will reply promptly to help.
Check back here for any updates, and be in touch with any questions or concerns related to your mental health needs. Take good care of yourself and each other.
In paying the Student Health Fee, you are eligible for services at CAPS. There are no additional charges for services at CAPS, and we do not bill your insurance for any reason. Please read through the rest of this site to learn more about what we offer and our scope of practice. Any student unsure of their eligibility should check and see if they paid the Student Health Fee for the current semester.
A Different Kind of Counseling Center
Our center operates differently than a lot of other college counseling centers. For [email protected], we really strive to provide help as fast as possible and on-demand. Given that, we offer a substantial number of meetings you can book the next day, so we can help when you need us the most. Our average wait for a first meeting during the COVID-19 transition is 1 day. We spend even your first meeting working to support you with the immediate situation you are struggling with, and your provider will collaborate with you on a follow-up plan that matches your needs. We do that in a culturally informed, trauma informed, and social justice framework.
Questions / Ideas / Concerns
If you have any general questions about CAPS, ideas for things we should try out for CAPS Labs, ways to improve our services, or concerns you want addressed, please email our Director, Dr. Will Meek at [email protected], and he will respond promptly. If you'd prefer to submit this anonymously, you can do so on this form. Thank you for your time and thoughfulness.