is eligible to receive CASD services?
Current and potential CCSU students who have experienced academic
and/or personal challenges as a result of a diagnosed or undiagnosed
mental illness and/or substance use disorder qualify for services.
In order to be eligible for college admission, individuals must also have
a high school diploma or GED.
this service available at other colleges/universities?
While academic institutions offer a variety of services and supports
to students with disabilities, CASD is very unique and is not currently
I required to disclose my disability upon receiving services?
No. In fact, aside from basic contact information very little
information is requested by the Project Coordinator. Disability
documentation is however required by law upon a student's request for ADA
is the ADA?
The Americans with Disability
Act of 1990 is a civil rights
guarantee that provides protection
from discrimination for individuals
on the basis of a disability.
Public institutions such as CCSU are
covered under Title II, and the
federal law impacts the treatment of
college students with qualifying
disabilities. For more
information, please review the
online, CCSU Student
Manual which is also available
at the Office of Special Student
Services, Willard Hall, Room
I use these services, will it be
indicated on my education record, my
transcript or my
No. Information on
students who use CASD is
confidential. It is not shared
with other departments unless
formally requested by the
CASD cover the cost of tuition and registration fees?
No. However, the Project Coordinator is familiar with the
various funding options and will work diligently with the student to locate adequate
CCSU degrees/programs are available to CASD participants?
CASD serves individuals in all academic programs that CCSU
offers. For a complete list, please return to CCSU
Home and click on Academics. CASD participants can attend
part-time or full-time, undergraduate or graduate, matriculated or
defaulted on a college loan. Can CASD still help me locate funding
to return to college?
Yes. Generally, defaulted student loans do pose a
challenge. However, there are usually ways to resolve the debt
and/or work around it so that you can return to college. Don't let
this stop you from trying.
do I begin receiving services?
Individuals who are interested in receiving services and/or learning
more about CASD are encouraged to contact the Project Coordinator for a
do I go about finding a therapist?
Individuals who are interested in seeking a long term therapist in the
community are encouraged to begin by reviewing a provider list from one's
health insurance carrier. The CASD Project Coordinator as well as
CCSU's Prevention and Counseling Office can assist in the process of
narrowing down the choices. Additionally, there are a few questions
one might ask a prospective therapist to determine a good match.
They are as follows:
you accept ______ insurance plan(s)?
you accepting new patients at this time?
is your availability during the week, evenings, weekends, and during a crisis?
are you located?
are your credentials? (i.e., Ph.D., LCSW, APRN)
did you receive your training?
long have you been a practicing psychotherapist?
are your specialties or areas of expertise? (i.e., trauma, substance abuse, eating
is your style/orientation of therapy?
Compiled in the Spring 2002