Health and Well-being

Protecting the health and well-being of our community is at the forefront of all the decisions we make. Services are available for currently registered students (unless otherwise specified due to social distancing):

Health Insurance

The new insurance carrier for the 2020-21 year is the UnitedHealthcare StudentResources (UHCSR) Insurance Plan. A summary of benefit benefits are available at

The change in the plan and the broker was designed from student feedback that found they did not have access to adequate coverage in vision and dental, nor were they able to get insurance for their dependents. There were also significant issues around billing and claims adjustment through our previous broker, and it disrupted our student's lives and added additional financial stress they do not need. 

The new plan and broker is student-centered, provides additional coverage and resources. For example, CalArts can now offer students who take medical leave the ability to stay on our health insurance plan as they take care of themselves. 

View comparision between current and previous health plans.

If students have further questions, please contact CalArts' dedicated Health Insurance Advocate (Cathy) at She will be able to walk the students through questions from "what's a deductible?" to "I can't find a provider." This dedicated feature comes at no extra cost to CalArts or its students.

View health insurance fees.

Physical Health

  • Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, Inc. (sexual health appointments): We encourage students to call their Canyon Country office to schedule their free appointment.
  • Urgent Care (mild to medium urgent needs) at the following locations:
    • SCV Quality Care
      • Phone: 661-254-0026
      • Hours: M-F, 8 am-7 pm and Sat.-Sun., 9 am-1 pm
      • Insurance: PPO/PCP/HMO/Lakeside-Regal-Sierra
    • EXER Urgent Care
      • Phone: 661-556-9020
      • Hours: M-Sun., 9 am-9 pm
      • Insurance: PPO-All, HMO-Facey, UCLA, Healthcare Partners, Providence, St. Johns and Axminster
    • Henry Mayo Urgent Care
      • Phone: 661-200-2500
      • Hours: 10 am-10 pm
      • Insurance: PPO-BCBS, United Health Care, Sigma and HMO- Regal, Lakeside, Facey and Aetna

Mental Health

Counseling sessions are still available to students by phone or by video chat. If you already have an appointment with a therapist, please email them to let them know your preference of keeping your session. If you would like to pause your sessions until you are able to come back to campus, please also let them know via email.

Go to Counseling

Need an appointment? Fill out this form and someone will get back to you shortly. This form is not an emergency crisis form. If you are in crisis, please call our 24/7 counseling line at 855-364-7981. 
Prefer to text instead of talk? A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and lets you know that they are here to listen. Text LA to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis. For more information go to


Concerned about a peer? 

As members of the CalArts community, you are in an excellent position to spot a distressed or emotionally struggling student. This is true more than ever as we practice social distancing and most of you are off campus. This adjustment period can reflect an increased anxiety for some. If the student's behavior, especially if it is inconsistent with your experience of them, could well constitute an inarticulate attempt to draw attention to their plight, a "cry for help."

The CARE form can be used to report your concerns about a student who may be struggling with social, emotional, behavioral, academic, medical, mental health, or physical endangerment issues. The report goes to the Chair of the CARE Team who works with the rest of the team to intervene and provide resources for the student.