CAPS to Present Funding Proposal to Student Fee Board

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. – Jan. 11, 2016 – The Student Fee Board will hold its first official meeting
on Friday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m. in 201 Old Main.

At the meeting, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will present their request for funding for
the next academic year. The proposal mentions that current financial support from the University’s
general fund budget will be sustained, but also calls for the creation of a University-wide
$15/student/semester mental health fee to ensure that the University can provide mental health services to
all students. The proposal states that the fee will generate over $2 billion in revenue University-wide.
While the proposal suggests these figures, the Student Fee Board will consider the impact of President
Barron’s commitment to matching the Student Fee Board’s contributions up to $400,000 each year for the
foreseeable future. This commitment may allow the Student Fee Board to charge students an amount
lower than $15/student/semester, as the support from the President’s office aids substantially in meeting
the needs of CAPS. The revenue will be used to implement a range of university-wide and
campus-specific services including:

● A 24/7 rapid access/evaluation/consultation phone service.
● Web-based self-help services.
● Tele-health services.
● Campus and Service Coordination/Operational Expenses.
● And most importantly, additional counseling and psychiatric staff.

If approved by the Board, the implementation of these new services will be rolled-out over a three-year

In addition to hearing from CAPS, the Board will address old business and hear a special presentation
from the Student Farm Club. The club, which falls under Penn State’s Sustainable Food Systems

Program, seeks to provide diverse opportunities for engagement with sustainability challenges and
solutions in food and agriculture.
The meeting is open to the public. Students are strongly invited to attend and participate during Public


The University Park Undergraduate Association works to provide students representation at the highest
levels of administration and build programs to the benefit of undergraduates at University Park.

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