Services During COVID-19 Restrictions
Emmons has moved to a telehealth model for the remainder of the semester - all services are free to the student!
Emmons medical providers are available to all students Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm via Zoom telehealth consultation. Appointments and walk-ins are available. Students wishing to see a medical provider should call the front desk at 323.259.2657 to be put on a medical provider’s schedule.
Medical providers can provide a wide variety of consultative medical services via telemedicine. Through a comprehensive assessment of symptoms and complaints, medical providers can provide limited diagnosing and treatment, including writing and sending prescriptions to the student’s home pharmacy and making referrals to specialists and local providers.
Starting 3/23/20, there will be an Emmons counselor available Monday-Friday from 9am -12 pm and 1-4 pm for immediate consultation. Counselors will speak with students over the phone, and will be able to provide consultation, support, and linkage to additional resources. Please call 323.359.2657.
For students remaining in California: we are able and willing to provide therapy services. All services will be telecounseling, and will occur via phone or video. Please call 323.359.2657 for an initial phone consultation with a counselor. If you’re already connected to an Emmons counselor, you may email them directly to schedule a telecounseling session.
For students who are out-of-state: due to licensing laws, we are not able to provide counseling services to students residing out of state at this time, but there is emergency legislation seeking to lax these rules during the coronavirus outbreak. For now, we are happy to assist you in finding a local provider.
Helpline - 24/7 telephonic medical and counseling triage remains available for all students and community members anywhere in the United States - (323) 341-4141.
Project SAFE has cancelled all events for the remainder of the semester. Students advocacy services and/or support should email the Survivor Advocate, Marianne Frapwell, at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a phone or video appointment. Marianne is working remotely, so email is currently the easiest method of communication. In-person accompaniments are available on a case by case basis, specifically for local students with court appointments to obtain temporary restraining orders. In-person accompaniments will start the week of March 30.
Important information about your health insurance in regards to COVID-19
Student health insurance is a full service PPO plan that can be used by medical providers who are in network with united healthcare. Providers who do not accept United Health will accept UHCSR insurance at out-of-network rates.
Insurance can be utilized anywhere in the US. Internationally, insurance can be used via reimbursement for services. Patients must call the insurance company before they go to the doctor to authorize the visit (if possible), or soon after to make them aware of the visit and the upcoming reimbursement request. Patients must retain all medical documents and receipts for services.
Emmons Wellness Center remains committed to providing the students of Occidental College with accessible, culturally sensitive, and high quality medical care, psychological counseling services, and student-driven wellness education during this difficult time. Emmons' staff utilizes a comprehensive approach to wellness services that seeks to enhance the physical and emotional well being of students so they may be fully engaged in all aspects of college life.