Health, Wellness and Safety

Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Important Short-Term Changes to CAPS Services

  • As a COVID-19 preventive measure, CAPS offices at Olin Health Center, MSU Student Union, and the Neighborhoods are closed.
  • Students in crisis: Please call 9-1-1, go to your nearest emergency room, or call CAPS anytime day or night at 517-355-8270 and press “1” at the prompt to receive assistance from a crisis counselor over the phone.
  • CAPS counseling and psychiatry staff will work remotely to help meet the needs of MSU students.
    • Established clients with scheduled appointments will be offered phone or Zoom sessions. Clients will be contacted and given instructions.
    • Established psychiatry patients can contact their provider through the MyMSUHealth patient portal at (patients concerned about potential cost should mention this to their provider).
    • Patients needing a prescription refill prior to their next appointment can use the MyMSUHealth patient portal to make the request:
    • Students not in crisis: If you do not have a scheduled appointment, and/or are not already established with CAPS, you have the option to complete a CAPS-Phone-Request for a phone consultation appointment to discuss your needs and assist with connecting you with available resources. URL: 
    • Virtual support groups are now listed for Summer 2020! 
  • CAPS Phone (517-355-8270) has a voice prompt with 3 options:
    • (Press 1) To talk with a crisis counselor,
    • (Press 2) to leave a message with the CAPS Nurse which will be responded to within one business day, or
    • (Press 3) for general messages.
  • Request a virtual CAPS Outreach event
  • This fall watch for the launch of virtual CAPS Connect sessions.


What is Safe Ride?

Safe Ride is a late night transportation service provided to members of the Michigan State University community as a safe and free alternative to walking home alone after dark.  University Safe Ride programs are proven to reduce assault-related dangers and drunk driving both on and off campus. Offer 7 days a week from 9pm to 2:30am. To request a ride download the Transloc Rider App or call (517)884-8069. For more information click here.


Olin Health Center is the primary health care facility for MSU students.  Olin Health Center is home to primary care, psychiatry, allergy/immunizations, sports medicine, and health education services.  Laboratory, radiology, pharmacy and physical therapy are also located at Olin.

M-F 8-6pm, Sat 10-1pm
463 E Circle Dr
East Lansing, MI 48824

Students also have the option of receiving primary care services in the Neighborhood clinics located in Brody, Holden, Hubbard and McDonel halls.

An appointment is necessary for most student health services at Olin and in the Neighborhoods. Students can usually get a same day appointment, especially if they call early in the day.  Call 517.353.4660.

The Olin Courtesy Van is available year-round to transport students who, because of illness or injury, would have difficulty getting to and from the Olin Health Center. This service is available to all students within a one-mile radius of the University. To reserve a ride, call 517.353.4700.

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