Welcome, parents of Caltech students! We know this can be a very exciting time for your family.
Caltech Student Wellness Services is compromised of health, counseling, and occupational therapy services which are dedicated to supporting your student during their time here at Caltech. Get to know our services better by visiting our New and Prospective Students Page.
Campus Resource Guide - This is a curated guide of the many campus resources available to Caltech students. We hope you find it helpful
Information About the Student Insurance
Note: Student Wellness Services are open to ALL currently registered Caltech students regardless of what health insurance you have. Students are not required to enroll in the Caltech Student Health Insurance Plan in order to receive care on-campus.
Caltech UnitedHealthcare Student Resources (UHCSR) is the provider of the Student Health Insurance Plan and covers care you may need beyond what our Student Health Services and the Counseling Services can provide.
Information About Confidentiality
If your student is 18 or older, their medical and counseling records are considered confidential; this means that our offices will not be able to confirm or deny that your student is receiving any services unless your student gives their express written consent. If you have questions about your student's care, we encourage you to discuss your concerns with them directly. If you have concerns about your student that you wish to share with our offices, we are able to listen to your concerns and consult with you about how you might proceed. You can also pass on your concerns to the Deans' Offices: The undergraduate deans are available at (626) 395-6351, and the graduate deans are available at (626) 395-6346.
Information About Confidentiality and Students Who Are Minors
In certain situations, students who are not yet 18 years old may need to seek consent from a parent or guardian before obtaining treatment in our offices. Our staff will discuss this with minor students on a case-by-case basis.
Please click here for an information letter regarding obtaining after-hours care if your student will be under age 18 at date of arrival on campus.
How to Prepare Your Student to Care for Their Health
When your student comes to college, they will likely be taking more responsibility for their own physical and emotional well-being. You can help facilitate this important transition by talking with them about their medical and emotional needs before they come to campus. For instance, students will benefit from knowing such information as:
- What health insurance do they have? Which providers in the Pasadena/Los Angeles area will be covered?
- How will they locate a local healthcare provider to manage their medications?
- Is there a significant family medical history that they should be aware of?
- Under what conditions should your student consider calling a therapist or counselor? This can be especially useful if your student has a previous history of depression, anxiety, or other significant emotional concerns.
- Set To Go - Set to Go is a program from The Jed Foundation (JED) built to help students prepare for the transition out of high school.
- WebMD - Preparing for College: The Mental Health Gap - Informational videos and articles done in collaboration with the Jed Foundation on helping your young adult care for their mental health.
- Finding A Therapist Who is a Good Fit for You - Questions your young adult can ask when looking for a therapist
- Preparing for a Therapy Appointment - How to get the most out of therapy