Two years ago University Health Services got a 17.5 percent increase to their budget — a massive jump
Now, UHS is still struggling to fill all of the new positions in their mental health department that increase provided for but still wants to expand the services offered to students.
Over the past five
For the 2018-'19 fiscal year, UHS will need a 7.07 percent increase
In the past, UHS hasn’t used up the entirety of the budget allocated to them. Jennerman attributes this variability to hiring difficulties. Their budget proposal assumes at least six percent job vacancies, but they ended 2016-'17 with
He added that UHS has the most difficulty filling positions for mental health providers, especially as they try to ramp up the capacity of their mental health services.
“We have a very diverse population. So we’re looking for, sometimes, some very specialized services,” Jennerman added.
He added that a shortage of mental
For Jennerman, it's a bad news story because the need for these services is rising, but it’s a good news story because students now have access to mental health care they wouldn't have 20 years ago.
Over the summer UHS plans to expand their facilities to include more offices for mental health providers and more space for group sessions.
UHS will also provide some emergency
Bill Kinsey, the other
SSFC Rep. Sophia Alzaidi pushed back against this proposal, and questioned why the service wouldn’t be available to all students, calling it “exclusionary.”
Kinsey said while he agreed they should support access across campus, the $4,000 line item was only meant to serve as a trial program at the suggestion of obstetricians in UHS’ Women’s Clinic. Additionally, Jennerman questioned if UHS would be the best place to distribute emergency contraception because it must be administered within 72 hours and UHS is only during business hours which
On Thursday SSFC will tour the UHS facilities before making a final decision on their proposed budget.