Screening Appointment

One of the first steps in accessing CAPS services is to schedule a Screening Appointment by either calling the CAPS office at 706-542-2273 or by scheduling online through your personal UHC Patient Portal. Any CAPS Screening scheduled through the UHC Portal will be in-person at CAPS, with the EXCEPTION of the CAPS Vet Med clinicians. If you need/prefer a CAPS Phone Screening, please do not schedule through the UHC Portal and, instead, call the CAPS Front Desk at 706-542-2273 to request a CAPS Phone Screening. The CAPS representative will then provide additional instructions. Screenings scheduled with CAPS School of Law clinicians, either in-person or phone, can be scheduled by calling CAPS at 706-542-2273. You are REQUIRED to be in the state of GA for Phone Screenings.

After scheduling your CAPS In-Person Screening through the UHC Patient Portal, go directly to complete the Questionnaire associated with the appointment. The day of the Screening, arrive at CAPS 15 minutes before the schedule appointment to complete the remaining paperwork.

If all required paperwork is not completed by the scheduled start time, the screening will be rescheduled.

Things to Consider

  • CAPS has a brief treatment model—your needs may be best served outside of CAPS. The Athens area has great resources that you and the screening clinician will discuss as needed.
  • CAPS provides both in-person and virtual services. You will have the opportunity to discuss options with a CAPS provider at the time of screening. There are numerous criteria to consider in determining the appropriateness of telebehavioral health services. Ultimately, clinical considerations and best practices for specific presenting concerns will take precedent in this decision.
  • Remember, the more availability you are able to give increases the likelihood that you will be scheduled for a follow-up sooner than later.
  • Your clinician at screening may not be who you work with moving forward. CAPS matches clients with clinicians based on areas of expertise as well as availability.
  • During high-demand times there may be a wait for a follow-up appointment. The screening clinician will discuss this with you and work on planning while taking the wait into consideration.
  • Remember that CAPS offers Workshops and Group therapies that are helpful and effective!
  • Check out our ADHD policy for more details about documentation that is required for medication treatment.

Ready to Schedule a Screening Appointment?

  • Any CAPS Screening scheduled through the UHC Patient Portal will be in-person at CAPS, with the EXCEPTION of the CAPS Vet Med Clinicians. If you need/prefer a CAPS Phone Screening, please do not schedule through the UHC Portal and, instead, call the CAPS Front Desk at 706-542-2273 to request a CAPS Phone Screening. The CAPS representative will then provide additional instructions. Screenings scheduled with CAPS School of Law clinicians, either in-person or phone, can be scheduled by calling CAPS at 706-542-2273. You are REQUIRED to be in the state of GA for Phone Screenings.
  • After scheduling your CAPS In-Person Screening through the UHC Patient Portal, go directly to complete the Questionnaire associated with the appointment. The day of the Screening, arrive at CAPS 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment to complete the remaining paperwork.  
  • If all required paperwork is not completed by the scheduled start time the Screening will be rescheduled.
  • If you are experiencing an urgent or crisis situation no appointment is required. You may call CAPS at 706-542-2273 or walk-in (UHC 2nd floor), and a clinician will be able to speak with you at that time.