U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

CAPS Liaison Program

A liaison relationship is a mutual, ongoing, information exchange between a CAPS staff representative and a departmental unit or School/College within the campus community. These relationships facilitate open communication and resource sharing which ultimately increases the effectiveness of CAPS within the larger university.

The purpose of the liaison program is to personally connect with units across campus, serve as consultants and referral sources to individuals who are seeking advice regarding a student in need of CAPS services, and to regularly share general information about CAPS.

CAPS currently has several liaisions across campus.  These can be found on our "Meet Our Staff" page.

Benefit of CAPS Liaison Program

  • CAPS becomes more personal (face to face contact)
  • Sharing of mental health data
  • Receiving CAPS information on a regular basis throughout the year with tailored messages and information
  • CAPS staff understanding particular issues facing students in the school/college/unit or in certain communities
  • Introducing student mental health perspectives to relevant unit issues
  • CAPS staff being an ally and advocate for your School/College/Unit
  • Academic staff knowing resources and how to make appropriate referrals

Benefits for students

  • Students in your School/College/Unit will be more aware and up to date with services offered by CAPS and other mental health resources
  • Total CAPS staff, via the liaison, will be better able to provide service with increased knowledge of student’s School/College/Unit, of relevant particular issues, etc.