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Recommendations for Physical Therapy Services

Hire additional permanent physical therapy staff dedicated to:

*  injuries resulting from fitness or recreational activities

*  non-athletic injury physical therapy services

*  physical therapy services for non-varsity athletes

*  injury prevention programs for students, staff, and faculty related to repetitive stress, low back pain and injury, etc.

Upgrade the facilities and equipment dedicated to physical therapy services at Dillon gym to place them on a more equal par with those available to varsity athletes.

Sexual Harassment and Assault Services (SHARE)

The SHARE program offers confidential counseling, emergency services, support, and information on legal and disciplinary options to students, faculty, and staff who have been affected by sexual harassment, sexual assault, or harassment based on sexual orientation. Currently, the program is staffed by one 10-month clinical psychologist/educator and one 10- month part-time program assistant.  The needs of the University community for SHARE services extend over all 12 months and are growing.  

Recommendation for SHARE

Hire additional professional and support staff for SHARE to provide more prevention, training, counseling, and outreach services and make SHARE services available during June, July, and August.

Summer Coverage for Mental Health, SHARE, and Health Education Programs and Services

A significant number of UHS staff are ten-month employees, and while UHS provides outpatient services during regular business hours in the summer, there is no inpatient care or after hours emergency care in the evenings or on weekends.  This is especially problematical for graduate students, who typically remain on campus during the summer and make extensive use of UHS, but there are also a significant number of undergraduates who remain on campus over the summer pursuing research or summer employment or training for athletic teams.  Mental health coverage in the summer is provided by one counselor in July and August; there is no SHARE or athletic training coverage.

Recommendations for Summer Coverage

Provide budgetary support to allow UHS to increase key professional and support staff to 12-month duty time in order to provide additional summer coverage for:

*  mental health services

*  health promotion

*  SHARE

*  athletic training.

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