Student Health and Wellness at Williams

August 2019

Dear New Williams Families,

Congratulations!

We’re delighted that your students will be joining us here on campus at the end of the summer, and we’d like to take this opportunity to tell you that Williams offers all registered students access to a full range of medical and psychological care, as well as 24/7 emergency response.

First, a word about chronic conditions.
Please encourage your student to contact us this summer if they have physical conditions or mental health issues of any kind that might benefit from support while they’re at Williams. Rest assured, we are fully equipped and prepared to ensure that such challenges won’t reduce the quality of your student’s experience here. We do this work best when we know in advance what your student’s particular situation might be. Your student can call us at 413-597-2206 to schedule a consultation. As family members, you are welcome to join in those conversations as long as we have your student’s permission to do so.

Now for more on our range of services.

Medical

  • There are no charges for clinic visits at the Health Center. Students can make appointments to see a nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, or local physician Monday through Friday of each week we are in session. Please tell your student to call us at 413-597-2206 to schedule an appointment in advance. Appointments are usually accommodated within 24-48 hours. Our RN staff manages weekend visits, and a local physician is always on call.
  • Allergy shots, lab tests, physical and gynecological exams, and an orthopedic clinic are also available on campus by appointment.
  • New this year, we’re also providing twice-daily shuttles to the Walgreens Pharmacy in Rite-Aid (Colonial Plaza) to pick up prescriptions. Please check here for details on how to make the most of this service.
  • Most laboratory tests and diagnostic studies, prescription drugs and consultation or treatment outside the Health Center are the student’s financial responsibility as are certain vaccines required for students traveling internationally. Lean more about student health insurance requirements.
  • In case of emergency, students should call 911 from their cell phone or 9-911 from a campus phone. Local ambulance service will transport your student to Berkshire Medical Center’s emergency department, 10 minutes from campus. Depending on a student’s particular condition, transportation may be arranged to comprehensive medical centers in nearby Pittsfield, MA, or Bennington, VT.

Counseling

  • There are no charges for clinic visits at our center for Integrative Wellbeing Services in Pond House.
  • As you may remember from your own experience, the years between 18 and 22 are transformative—and sometimes challenging. We’re here to help your students meet those challenges as they mature into full adulthood.
  • Williams provides comprehensive support to students in addressing psychological issues and making changes to enhance personal growth, capacity for healthy relationships, and academic engagement.
  • Our staff includes psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors and a psychiatrist, and we work closely with our colleagues in Medical Services.
  • If your own student’s hesitant about reaching out to us, it can be helpful to let them know that you encourage them to access such support. After all, more than half of all students use our services at least once while at Williams.
  • We encourage you and your student to explore the full range of Integrative Wellbeing Services.

Confidentiality
We provide all services to your student (just as your professional caregivers provide them to you) with the promise of full confidentiality. Indeed, except in cases of clear emergency, we’re legally prohibited from sharing any information about our confidential conversations with your student unless he or she gives us permission to do so. Within these guidelines, we’re delighted to partner with you in ensuring your student a healthy Williams experience. You can call us with any time with questions about our general range of services for all students. You can even call to share concerns and questions about your own student—understanding that we can’t share specific personal information unless your student tells us we can.

We close by asking you to encourage your students to call or stop by the Health Center with any questions or concerns. Once they learn how easy and comfortable it is to access our services, students are empowered to take charge of their own health and wellbeing as young adults.

Wendy Adam
Director of Integrative Wellbeing Services

Deborah Flynn
Director of Medical Services

Robert McBain
Health Services Administrator