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Student Services Finance Committee unanimously voted against the University Health Services 2020 budget of $18.9 million Monday.While this vote does not defund UHS, it brought up students’ concerns with how the services operate.
SSFC will bring forth their recommendations for UHS in a meeting with Chancellor Rebecca Blank in March.
SSFC’s main issue with the UHS budget was with the allocations toward mental health.
The proposed budget allotted for a 1 percent increase in funding toward mental health services. This was a 3 percent decrease compared to previous years and leaves little room for increasing services.
In a press release, the Associated Students of Madison listed many students’ concerns of students as well as some options UHS could explore based on recommendations given by ASM.
“Mental health is one of the most prevalent issues facing students at UW–Madison and at universities across the country,” the press release said. “It is the university’s responsibility to provide adequate health services, and the Associated Students of Madison’s mission to advocate on behalf of the students we represent.”
SSFC discusses UHS budget, mental health care challengesStudent Services Finance Committee hosted representatives from University Health Services to discuss their 2020 budget Monday. The meeting began with Read…
UHS cited a lack of physical space as a reason for not being able to expand, however, the press release said that UHS could “reasonably hire” seven additional providers in their current space. UHS’ budget only requests two providers.
At a previous SSFC meeting, UHS representative Arnie Jennerman said UHS is planning to launch a mental health task force that will include professors, UHS staff and students.
“Mental health visits increased by 30.38 percent,” Jennerman said in the previous meeting. “We know we haven’t solved that issue, but it continues to grow.”
Additionally, UHS currently has a lack of staff in mental healthcare, especially for LGBTQ+ students and …