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Referrals

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Clinicians at CAPS can help you get connected with some of the many excellent therapists and psychiatrists who provide mental health care in the community surrounding Stanford.

You may use this Calling Therapists/Psychiatrists (PDF) guide for assistance in directly contacting therapists and psychiatrists and ask questions to determine goodness of fit. Keep in mind that online review sites may contain information that is inaccurate or biased, and they may not be the best sources of information that will help you determine if a clinician is a good fit for you. It is recommended that you use information that a clinician has provided about their own practice (such as on their website) as well as your own judgement and comfort when you speak to them directly. 

You may use this Mental Health Care Away from Campus (PDF) guide – link needed for assistance in connecting with a therapist or psychiatrist when you are out of the Stanford area. 

Using your Cardinal Care mental health benefits while overseas, please use the International Mental Health using Cardinal Care tip sheet.

It is important to choose a provider who is licensed to provide therapy. Providers with the following types of titles/licenses are able to provide therapy:

  • Psychologists (PhD, PsyD)
  • Clinical Social Workers (MSW, LCSW)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
  • Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCC)
  • Psychiatrists (MD) – these providers are able to prescribe medication
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) – these providers are able to prescribe medication


Find a Therapist/Psychiatrist in the Community

I Want Search Tools to Find a Therapist/Psychiatrist >

The following websites may be helpful resources in gathering additional information about therapists or psychiatrists in the community:

Please note that CAPS does not endorse or monitor information contained in the links above, and they are provided solely as an additional outside resource.

You may use this Decoding Mental Health Provider Lists (PDF) guide – link needed to sort through lists of in-network providers and decide who to call for an appointment.

You may use this Mental Health Care Away from Campus (PDF) guide – link needed or assistance in connecting with a therapist or psychiatrist when you are out of the Stanford area.
 

I Am Seeking Low-cost or Sliding Scale Therapy Options >

The following clinics operate on a sliding scale and can set a fee based on your income and ability to pay:

Gronowski Center

Family and Children’s Services

Kara (Grief Support Services)

Community Health Awareness Council

I Am Interested in Services at Stanford Department of Psychiatry >

The Stanford Department of Psychiatry provides services separate from CAPS and Vaden, through Stanford Hospital rather than through Stanford University.

If you are currently being seen at CAPS, you will need a referral for services at the Stanford Department of Psychiatry. If you are not currently being seen at CAPS, you can call 650-498-9111 and self-refer. Having a referral from CAPS will not have any significant impact on how quickly you are able to access services.

I Want To See a Therapist/Psychiatrist Who Accepts My Cardinal Care Insurance

CAPS has connections with local therapist and Psychiatrists on Cardinal Care, and we track their availability each week. To get an internal referral for local therapist from our CAPS list, call CAPS or come by between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm to talk with a CAPS Access Coordinator. 

You can also find additional Cardinal Care providers using the Cardinal Care Providers Search Tool.

*If the search tool link does not work, click on "Find a Provider" and select the option for "MHN Behavioral plan."

You may use this Decoding Mental Health Provider Lists (PDF) guide – link needed to sort through lists of in-network providers and decide who to call for an appointment.                                                                        

You can also use The Shrink Space or PsychologyToday to search for therapists who accept “MHN” insurance (which is the Cardinal Care mental health benefit).

Cardinal Care will cover visits with therapists and psychiatrists within the MHN network. There is a $25 copay for services. There is no deductible, no required preauthorization, and no limit on number of sessions. You do not need a referral from Vaden to see a provider, you may call on your own and schedule an appointment.

Click the link for specific instructions detailing how to contact therapists or psychiatrists to request an appointment, select a provider who you feel is the best fit for you: Calling Therapists/Psychiatrists (PDF)

You may use this Mental Health Care Away from Campus (PDF) guide – link needed or assistance in connecting with a therapist or psychiatrist when you are out of the Stanford area.

I Have a Different Insurance Plan and Want To Find an In-network Therapist/Psychiatrist

This is a general guideline for students with non-Cardinal Care insurance who need assistance understanding their mental health benefits and obtaining referrals. Please note, each insurance company has its own system in place, but the procedure to obtaining referrals is common to many insurance plans.  Please note you can search The Shrink Space to find local providers who accept your Insurance.

Click below for specific instructions detailing how to:

You may use this Mental Health Care Away from Campus (PDF) guide – link needed or assistance in connecting with a therapist or psychiatrist when you are out of the Stanford area.

I Would Like Additional In-Person Assistance Navigating My Mental Health Benefits >

CAPS has Referral Coordination services available to students who do not have Cardinal Care and are seeking a therapist or psychiatrist outside of CAPS. While there is no back door to connect with services faster, Referral Coordination can help students get the information they need to connect themselves with resources. If you think you may benefit from referral assistance, call 650-723-3785 or walk in to CAPS for an Access Coordination visit. Let the Access Coordinator know about your needs and your interest in referrals off campus and they can help you connect with the most appropriate resources, including Referral Coordination or other services.

What If Finances Are a Barrier?

Check with your health insurance prior to seeking sliding scale resources, as you may have benefits which cover mental health services.

I Am Seeking Low-cost or Sliding Scale Therapy Options >

The following clinics operate on a sliding scale and can set a fee based on your income and ability to pay:

Gronowski Center

Family and Children’s Services

Kara (Grief Support Services)

Community Health Awareness Council

I Am Seeking Financial Support from Stanford to Help with the Cost of Services >

Undergraduate Students:

  • If you are currently enrolled and registered for classes, fill out the “medical/dental expense form” for assistance from the Financial Aid Office and meet with a Financial Aid Advisor. 
  • If you are low income or first generation, and are not registered in classes, or if you are enrolled in classes but Financial Aid options you received were not sufficient to cover medical expenses, you can apply for funds through Diversity and First Gen Office (D-Gen). Fill out the Opportunity Fund application and meet with a D-Gen advisor.
  • If neither of these options are sufficient, you may also work with your Residence Dean to see if you are eligible for further assistance through the Dean of Students office.

Graduate Students:

  • There may be general financial support available through graduate departments to assist you in getting health insurance, Summer Access Fee, or other medical coverage expenses. You can meet with your department (or ask a GLO Dean if you are unsure how to meet with your department) to determine eligibility. (Find contact information for the GLO Deans.)
  • If your department is unable to provide sufficient assistance with your medical expenses, you can apply for Emergency Grant in Aid. Graduate Life Office (GLO) Deans can assist with this application. There is also a “Graduate Student Aid Fund” available through the Financial Aid Office.