MU moves all mental health services to counseling center

1 year 3 months 1 week ago Friday, May 03 2019 May 3, 2019 Friday, May 03, 2019 6:38:00 PM CDT May 03, 2019 in News
By: Perri Stewart, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - University of Missouri students will soon have one specific place to go for their mental health needs. 

MU is moving six full-time counselors and one part-time counselor to the school's counseling center in Parker Hall.

The center will offer free services to all students following the move. 

Jamie Shutter, executive director of Student Health & Well-Being, said in an email to all students, the center will serve as "the single point of access for all counseling services."

Previously, students could go to the Student Health Center for counseling and mental health services, but now they will have their own place in Parker Hall.

MU spokesman Christian Basi said the change is not that big, but it will make it easier for students.

"The big difference that they should see is that it should be easier to know where to go. We did this because there had been confusion in the past as to where do we go on campus for counseling services," Basi said.

The change comes as the Division of Student Affairs is undergoing a review, "aimed at enhancing the student experience and ensuring the success of our students."

According to Basi, some services at the MU Student Health Center required billing through insurance for mental health services, but that's not going to be necessary through the counseling center. 

"This is the first step of how we're trying to revamp our mental health services on campus, to respond to some concerns that students have had over the last several years," Basi said. 

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