Vera Whole Health Clinic
Located in the Cowell Building at CPM 14, the Vera Whole Health Clinic, most commonly known as Vera, is a resource available to all Mills students no matter the status of their health insurance. The services offered at the on-campus clinic, including office visits, physical exams, and health coaching, are free.
According to Vera, health coaching is considered one of the best health services offered at Mills due to its assistance in lifestyle changes relating to stress management, smoking, nutrition, and fitness.
Students are also able to receive health screening tests for HIV and other STDs/STIs, pap smears, immunizations, same-day pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, and health education services.
Although, for lab services, the clinic is required by the law to charge students through their insurance company.
The clinic staff includes physicians, nurses, a receptionist and a health coach from Vera Whole Health, the healthcare provider contracted by Mills. Every year during open enrollment, students are automatically enrolled in a healthcare plan that insures access to the on-campus clinic.
To make an appointment, students may schedule online through Vera’s website or call the clinic during business hours. After hours, an on-call provider is available to answer questions or give medical advice.
Students are encouraged to use Vera at Mills as an extension of their current healthcare plan or as their primary care provider.
The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
The CAPS Counseling Center is a place offered to students who are seeking help with their mental health. The center has professional counselors and therapists on staff to talk with students about their personal well-being.
Services at CAPS are free and confidential for all students. Insurance is not a requirement. They offer short-term individual therapy, support groups, and community circles, workshops, and urgent walk-in hours for a therapy session.
Students are eligible for up to eight free therapy sessions for the academic year and can be referred to an off-campus clinic if more long-term therapeutic services are needed.
According to CAPS, 60% of the therapists available identify as people of color and many have experience working with students who identify as LGBTQ.
To schedule a counseling appointment or ask about drop-in availability, visit the Cowell Front Desk during their business hours. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Therapy Assistance Online is an online self-help therapy service offered to students to sign up for free through the institution. It is a confidential resource that guides students through interactive lessons that Mills’ hopes to “help enhance your well-being from the comfort of your own space.”
According to the Mills’ website Health and Counseling page, TAO is meant to help with stress and anxiety management, coping with depression, confidence and self-esteem, and other mental health issues that can affect school and work life.
Students may use their Mills’ email address and password to log into the service for the first time at https://thepath.taoconnect.org/local/login/index.php.