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Cal Poly Pomona

P&R Responses for recommendation 118

Recommendation 118
Department Admissions
Consensus Opinion 10 out of 10 faculty/staff : Pro
Consensus Explanation We support the recommendation of the Support Programs Prioritization and Recovery Committee as submitted with the following comment.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department AVP Student Services
Consensus Opinion 2 out of 2 faculty/staff : With modifications
Consensus Explanation We support the concept of allowing Student Health Services fees to be used for CAPS, however, we are unable to mandate a fee increase for CAPS because of students have to vote to approve. However, more funding is desperately needed, but we’d like to recommend that the increased funding come from the General Fund for more counselors and especially for a psychiatrist. Currently, CAPS is on a wait-list situation because of being understaffed and it started during the third week of fall quarter.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department Children's Center
Consensus Opinion 2 out of 2 faculty/staff : Con
Consensus Explanation Health Fee CAPS- general funds should not be used, student referendum should be applied for any extra funding needed.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department Computer Science
Consensus Opinion 11 out of 12 faculty/staff : Pro
Consensus Explanation The computer science department supports the exploration of a Student Health Services model that would better serve our students.

Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Minority Explanation

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Department Counseling and Psychological Services
Consensus Opinion 11 out of 11 faculty/staff : Con
Consensus Explanation The Counseling and Psychological Services faculty counselors and staff unanimously oppose moving forward with Recommendation #118 because it fails to recognize or respond to critical, unmet student needs for CAPS services.

Assessment and utilization data, provided to the committee, demonstrated CAPS quality, efficiency, and centrality to the University’s mission, and made a compelling case for increased general fund investment. One or more times in the past academic year, 65% of Cal Poly students felt sad, 54% felt hopeless, and 38% felt so depressed they could not function (NCHA 2007). Service demands already outpace CAPS capacity year-round, and demand for crisis intervention and consultation regarding distressed students increased 400% during the first 7 weeks of Fall 2007, over Fall 2006. Psychological and emotional barriers interfere with students’ readiness/capacity for learning, threaten retention, and impede academic progress. Over 90% of students utilizing CAPS say they would return if they needed help in the future and would recommend CAPS to a friend, where they learned “confidence, new ways to live, better ways to cope, and how to focus, study, absorb information, prioritize tasks and manage time more effectively.”

The current recommendation does nothing to address critical, unmet student needs, leaving the University, its instructional faculty, and its staff at high risk from students who are severely emotionally distressed and/or mentally disturbed. Efforts put into “creating a business plan to fund the integration of CAPS into an expanded Student Health Services model” by “an expansion of the student health fee” are sure to be wasted because this funding strategy is not feasible.
 Cal Poly’s current mandatory health fee, which has not increased since 1998, no longer supports the basic medical services provided by SHS, and a fee increase is already being planned to address this.
 Students are not likely to approve a significant fee increase, for health or any other services, given the current campus and political climate (see College Affordability Act of 2008).
 While many direct clinical and some complementary services CAPS provides in support of the campus community can be termed health care, CSU Policy on University Health Services (Executive Order 943) does not speak to the provision of or funding for mental health or psychiatric care, disability assessment and diagnosis, or psychological outreach and education.
 EO943 states that campuses may assess students a mandatory student health services fee to provide basic medical services, and that all proceeds of such fees must be used to support Student Health Center operations.
 EO943 also lists certain health services that are specialized in nature which may be offered as “augmented services” under the condition they not divert resources or staff from the adequate provision of basic health services; however, none of the above mentioned mental health services are listed.

CAPS does support further collaboration and communication with both SHS and the DRC as part of a multidisciplinary team approach to diagnostic assessment and student care. These efforts, and thereby service to students, could be enhanced by providing for integrated space designed to house these departments in a single location. Such a plan would facilitate consultation, continuity of care, and may even eliminate some redundancies, but would not reduce costs. Quite the opposite, additional allocation would be required to fund space acquisition, design, build-out, and relocation, as well as adequate CAPS staffing to provide testing services for documenting psychiatric and learning disabilities.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department Dean of Students
Consensus Opinion 4 out of 4 faculty/staff : With modifications
Consensus Explanation PRO WITH MODIFICATIONS

Explanation: We understand the need for CAPS to be partially funded through student fees. Students are the constituents who will vote to accept the fee increase, and this would be a difficult time to have a proposal approved by the student body. Because it is evident that additional funding is definitely needed and it is unlikely to get the funding through student fees, we recommend for funding to be brought in from the General Fund.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department Disability Resource Center
Consensus Opinion 14 out of 14 faculty/staff : With modifications
Consensus Explanation From the DRC perspective, aspects of the recommendation to integrate the services for Student Health Services (SHS) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) would be beneficial by housing these two departments in one location. Specifically, the intakes conducted by DRC, CAPS and SHS could be combined into one holistic process to determine the medical and mental health needs of students and facilitate a more time efficient referral process and coordination of care.

Furthermore, the diagnostic assessments conducted by CAPS clinicians would ease the financial burden placed on students to access off-campus clinical services in order to document their learning disorders, psychiatric illness, and/or neuro-developmental conditions as part of the process of verifying that their condition qualifies as a disability mandating legal accommodations through the Disability Resource Center (DRC). However, to provide quality assessment and meet the demands for testing in a timely manner, we see the need for the University to adequately fund CAPS in staffing and developing a clerkship program.

Realizing that CAPS’ demand outpaces their capacity to provide services, that the student health fee does not adequately fund SHS’ current level of operation, and that we cannot mandate that students approve a fee increase, we have reservations in regards to the suggestion that a portion of CAPS services be funded through the student health fee. Therefore, we strongly encourage the committee to recommend that sufficient additional general fund dollars be allocated to CAPS to adequately provide quality, timely, and on-going diagnostic assessments for the purpose of determining disabilities where they may exist.
Minority Opinion 0 out of 14 faculty/staff : Con
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Department Enrollment Services
Consensus Opinion 2 out of 2 faculty/staff : With modifications
Consensus Explanation We support additional resources for CAPS to meet the unmet need for current services and fund the addition of psychiatric services for students. We also support funding increased for CAPS to provide screening services for DRC intake.

We recommend that new funds from fee revenue supplement rather than replace the general funds currently allocate dto the program to address the significant unmet demand for these services and the impact on health and safety issues.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department Office of Financial Aid
Consensus Opinion 5 out of 5 faculty/staff : Modifications
Consensus Explanation We like the recommendation of expanding the Student Health Services model to include DRC and CAPS but would like to recommend that they fall under one centrally located area. We would also like clarification arrangements for referrals that are currently in place, in order to identify the cost of fees for testing.









Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department Office of Student Life & Cutlural Centers
Consensus Opinion 12 out of 12 faculty/staff : With modifications
Consensus Explanation CAPS faculty/staff and services should be expanded. However, the health fee should not be stretched to cover the costs for CAPS.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department Orientation Services
Consensus Opinion 3 out of 3 faculty/staff : With modifications
Consensus Explanation In support of recommendation, but not at an additional cost to the students. Health Fees should not be increased, instead funding support should be found elsewhere.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department ReEntry & WoMen's Resource Center
Consensus Opinion 2 out of 2 faculty/staff : With modifications
Consensus Explanation CAPS is a key program for our students. Adding the funding of this to the SHS fee would require an increase if to meet current and future needs. Input from our target populations indicates approval of such is unlikely at this time. General fund resources should be explored and could be used to assist this area and the increased demands for learning assessments through the DRC. (Another key area of need for our RE target population.)



Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department Registrar's Office
Consensus Opinion 10 out of 10 faculty/staff : Pro
Consensus Explanation
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department Student Affairs Administration
Consensus Opinion 3 out of 3 faculty/staff : Con
Consensus Explanation Student Fee cannot be raised without holding a referendum. Student Halth Services has not had a fee increase since 1998 and is desperately in need of one. Increasing the fee to cover a portion of CAPS would be confusing to students and put the SHS fee request at risk of not passing.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department Student Health Services
Consensus Opinion 33 out of 33 faculty/staff : Con
Consensus Explanation The 33 members of Student Health Services (SHS) staff unanimously oppose this recommendation to fund a percentage of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Additionally, the Student Health Advisory Committee met on 11/8/07 and voted unanimously to reject the P&R proposal. SHAC has 14 members, 11 of whom are students.

The recommendation states, "the business plan should be based on fee revenue and should free up resources from existing programs for re-direction to improve other student services." This would amount to a decrease in General Fund support for the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and/or CAPS and a shifting of this financial responsibility to the students in the form of a higher health fee they would be asked to approve by ballot. CAPS staff are faculty and the increased proposed health fee would be used for paying a percentage of faculty salaries and benefits.

SHS is primarily funded by the Mandatory Student Health Fee which is authorized by Executive Order 943, which states, "campuses may assess all students a mandatory student health fee to provide basic medical services. All proceeds of the mandatory health fee and interest earned shall be used to Support Student Health Center operations." Currently, SHS funding is 92% from the health fee and 8% from the General Fund. CAPS and DRC are totally funded by the General Fund. CAPS and DRC are not part of Student Health Services and are not eligible for health fee funds.

Students currently pay a health fee of $45.00 a quarter, which was a ballot initiative voted on by students in 1998 and has not increased in 9 years. With increasing costs of medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, salaries and benefits, the current health fee is no longer adequate to support our current services and a shortfall of $242,764 is expected in 2007-08.

In 1996, Executive Order 661 mandated that 1/3 of all fee increases be given to Financial Aid. The $10.00 fee increase voted on in 1998 resulted in $3.33 to Financial Aid for each enrolled student. In 2000, Executive Order 740 eliminated the 1/3 set aside for financial aid programs. However, the SHS health fee continues to provide approximately $227,000 annually to Financial Aid.

Because of the expected budget deficit and in response to student requests for medical specialties such as dentistry and optometry, SHS planned a fee referendum for spring 2008 to increase the health fee and index the fee to the inflation rate. As of October 12, 2007, there is a moratorium on fee increases for the academic year. SHS will continue to communicate and collaborate with CAPS and DRC to address student issues.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department University Housing Services
Consensus Opinion 23 out of 23 faculty/staff : With modifications
Consensus Explanation As a frequent referral program of CAPS, UHS understands and has experienced the areas where this department needs additional funding and is supportive of exploring fee base models to do so. The concern is that the funding should be supplemental to the current budget the department has, and that this recommendation does not have a negative impact on the services or fees the from Student Health Services.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department University Police
Consensus Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : Modifications
Consensus Explanation The University Police Department supports review of the resources available to CAPS, and supports the concept that CAPS, Student Health Services [SHS] and the Disabled Resource Center [DRC] should be reviewed as a group to ensure that funding, case/client intake and treatment are being arranged in the most efficient manner.

Beyond a multi-department review, it is the position of the University Police Department that CAPS is seriously under-resourced in relation to the client base, and the potential client base. In reviewing numerous studies of campus violence, pre and post-Virginia Tech, we came across a staffing standard for campus counseling centers. Apparently the International Association of Counseling Services recommends a ratio of one counselor or FTE per 1,500 students. We do not believe current staffing reflects this ratio, and are concerned that beyond the disservice that this gives our students, a very real liability is created. Given expanded awareness of student mental health issues, and given the exposure we create in under-resourcing this critical campus service component, any review of these services must include additional staffing and funding.

CAPS remains a strong and dedicated partner to our department. They need the resources to assist us and our students in times of crisis - and before the crisis ever manifests itself as such
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Minority Explanation

Recommendations not submitted through the forms are available in this folder. They mainly consist of Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat documents. If none were submitted for this recommendation, the folder will be empty.