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JMU students who are interested in receiving clinical services must attend an initial assessment (IA). The IA is a chance to discuss your concerns with a CC clinician and receive recommendations about what services would be the most helpful. Walk-in hours for IAs are Monday through Friday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Your First Visit

If you are struggling with a personal or interpersonal issue and are interested in accessing resources and support, you can discuss your concerns with a CC clinician during an initial assessment (IA). Walk-in hours for IAs are Monday through Friday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We are located on the 3rd floor of The Student Success Center. CC services are free and available to enrolled JMU students.  

A clinician is also available to assist students in emergency mental health situations.

What to Expect at your First Visit

We estimate that your first visit will take approximately 60 - 90 minutes, depending on how busy we are. During that time you will check-in with our front desk staff, complete paperwork, wait for an available clinician, and then attend the IA. Parking near the SSC can be challenging during busy times of the semester. We recommend that you do not park in metered parking for this visit because it will likely take more than 45 minutes. During your first visit, you will meet with a CC clinician and answer some questions about your concerns. The goal of the IA is to gain a thorough understanding of how you are doing and what would be the most helpful next step.

At the end of the IA, you will likely receive a referral. That referral may be to a CC service, an on campus resource, or a Harrisonburg community provider. Our goal is to connect you with the best service to meet your needs. For more information about how we make referral decisions, please review Who We See and Why.