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Mental Health & Substance Abuse Care

You and your family have access to mental health and substance abuse care through the university's Faculty Staff Help Center and through your university-sponsored medical plan.

Faculty Staff Help Center 

The Stanford Faculty Staff Help Center (FSHC) provides professional, confidential short-term counseling services for you and your family, up to 10 sessions, based on need. An assessment is conducted on the first visit to ensure that the FSHC is the correct resource for your issue(s). If you need more support than the FSHC can offer, the center will provide a referral to other services. FSHC is free to Stanford employees, retirees and eligible dependents up to age 26.

The FSHC provides assistance with:

  • Work issues
  • Personal issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Career development

Serving the community remotely: As of spring 2020, FSHC is operating remotely and providing appointments via phone and videoconference. FSHC's four locations at Main Campus, SLAC and Stanford Redwood City are closed at this time, due to COVID-19.
To make an appointment or get more information, visit or call 650-723-4577.

Seeking Help Through Your Medical Plan

Mental health coverage is essential to you and your family’s overall wellness. Here is an explanation of how these services are covered by each plan.

Teladoc Mental Health Services

Some Stanford plans provide access to Teladoc for medical and mental health visits to be provided virtually. Read more about Teladoc.

  • The SHCA and Trio plans typically don’t cover non-network services, but will cover your outpatient mental health office visit even if the provider is not in-network.
  • The Healthcare + Savings plan provides a higher level of coverage for non-network outpatient mental health office visits than what the plans pay for other non-network services.
  • Kaiser provides coverage for outpatient services that are in-network only.   

See how your health plan shares costs with you for inpatient and outpatient services related to: 

  • Mental health care
  • Behavioral health treatment for pervasive developmental disorder or autism
  • Substance abuse treatment

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