VII.F MENTAL HEALTH CLEARANCES FOR TRAVEL PROGRAMS COORDINATED BY USCS DIVISION OF GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

Effective Date: 
Wed, 04/24/2013
Reviewed: 
Wed, 05/27/2015
Revised: 
Wed, 09/20/2017
Policy: 

Students participating in specified travel programs coordinated by the UCSC Division of Global Engagement are required to complete the designated Confidential Health History form accurately and truthfully. Confidential disclosure will allow medical professionals to help students make arrangements or plans to facilitate a successful travel experience. Identifying mental health problems allows everyone involved in the process the opportunity to work to anticipate potential complications.  Failure to provide complete and accurate information may be grounds for non-participation in the UCSC coordinated travel program.

Procedure: 

The following process is overseen by a designee of the CAPS Director.

  • If a student is currently in treatment at CAPS, the student will bring the clearance form to their CAPS provider for consideration.
  • Students identified by UCSC SHC RN staff as having previous (within the past 12 months) appointments with UCSC CAPS but are no longer in treatment will be referred to the designee to determine next steps:
    • Students with evidence of serious mental health concerns warrant an evaluation by the previous CAPS counselor or the designee.
    • Mild or moderate concerns may result in chart review by the previous CAPS counselor or the designee prompting further evaluation, clearance sign-off, or no further action.
  • If a student has not been seen in CAPS for greater than 12 months, and that student makes no mention of mental health concerns in their travel Confidential Health History, no additional mental health review is required, unless previous serious mental health concerns are evident.
  • If a student's sole contact with CAPS was an initial assessment or phone triage and a subsequent referral off campus, no additional mental health review by CAPS is required, unless serious mental health concerns are evident.
  • If a student has seen an off-campus provider for psychiatric or counseling services since terminating with CAPS, the student needs to ask the off-campus provider to complete the clearance form.

If CAPS provider has signed the clearance form it should then be forwarded to Student Health Travel RN for final clearance sign-off.