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Referral Protocol


Appointments can be made in person or by phone in Behavioral Health Counseling Services (BHCS) on either the San Marcos campus or centers located in Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook:

Phone: 760-891-7531



You may observe or come into regular contact with a student who is struggling with any of the following: anxiety, depression, stress, grief/loss, drug and alcohol problems, family and relationship issues. The link to Kognito for Faculty and Staff under Resources may be helpful in determining how best to talk to a student about your concerns and/or referring them to Behavioral Health Counseling Services.

General guidelines when a referral might be indicated include:
  • Presenting problem beyond your scope of knowledge
  • Consideration of safety for the student or others
  • Knowledge of the student on any other basis than your professional role (relative, neighbor, etc.)
  • Belief that contact between yourself and the student will be ineffective (e.g., scheduling/time challenges, personality differences, student reluctant to talk to you)

Please feel free to contact BHCS staff for additional help or information.

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