Wellness Resources at Pomona College
According to the National Wellness Institute, wellness is considered, “an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.” Here at Pomona we want to partner with you as you achieve your academic goals by cultivating your overall wellness. The following resources can support your wellness process during your college experience here at Pomona.
Wellness at Pomona
Learn more about Student Accessibility Resources at Pomona.
TCCS Student Disability Resource Center: The SDRC works closely with the Disability Coordinators on all the campuses to ensure that students receive academic support services and accommodations to empower them to achieve their academic goals, while ensuing equitable treatment and access to all programs and activities across all campuses.
AIM is Pomona’s resource for requesting accommodations both academic and non-academic.
Mental Health Services
Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services is committed to promoting psychological wellness for all students served by The Claremont Colleges Consortium. Please contact MCAPS for more information. For off-campus therapy, fill out the off-campus therapy referral form.
Student Assistance Program (SAP) - A free service available through Aetna for students with OR without SHIP. The SAP allows students to engage with a clinician for three free sessions. Read more about this program in the Student Assistance Program (SAP) tab below.
Off Campus Therapy:
Step 1: For Students who have SHIP (Aetna, OA Elect Choice EPO) fill out the Insurance Referral Form in order to obtain the necessary referral by Monsour Counseling Center (909-621-8202) this will allow your deductible to be waived.
For non-SHIP participants you will be responsible for paying your deductible out of pocket.
Step 2: Review options & select a provider based on your insurance.
Students are welcome to select a provider from this list of off-campus therapy providers, or may search for and select a provider on their own.
Please note that all students are responsible for using their insurance to support their use of clinical services.
- Pomona will reimburse currently enrolled students up to a maximum of $50 per attended appointment for co-payments and co-insurance.
- Pomona will only reimburse currently enrolled students for 10 attended sessions per semester, August 29th, 2022 to December 16th, 2022 (Fall semester) and January 17th, 2023 to May 12th, 2023 (Spring semester).
- Reimbursement requests must be submitted with Original/Itemized Receipt.
- Receipts for reimbursement must be submitted no later than 30 days from date of your attended therapy appointment.
Step 3: Contact your provider of choice and call to schedule an appointment. If you leave a voice message, leave your name, insurance information, phone number & best time to be reached. It’s best practice to always verify that the provider takes your insurance plan before you attend your appointment.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
The EmPOWER Center aims to create a culture where all members of The Claremont Colleges respect and look out for each other, and where students impacted by sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking receive holistic support and care.
Student Assistance Program (SAP)
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a free service available through Aetna for all students regardless of if they are enrolled in SHIP or not. The SAP allows students to engage with a clinician for three free sessions on a confidential basis. Providers are available 24/7 for crisis support and for on-going clinical support. You can receive in-person or Televideo counseling sessions.
To use this resource, call 1-877-351-7889 or visit www.AetnaSAP.com. For username and password information, please contact your class dean.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
What type of support does the Student Assistance Program offer?
Only a call or click away, you can confidentially talk about your situation to find resources and information on issues such as:
Academic stress and pressure
Personal relationships — family, friends, dating
Substance abuse and other addictions, such as gambling
Finances, like credit card debt and student loans
Depression, grief and general mental health
Body image and eating disorders
Divorce, custody, probation and other legal matters
Your first three sessions are free, and the resource is confidential.
How much does is cost to utilize SAP?
Your first three sessions are free through Aetna for students with or without SHIP. If you are not enrolled in SHIP, you will want to call your health insurance carrier and confirm if the provider you are seeing is a part of their network as there may be copays and/or other costs associated with your sessions after your first three free sessions.
How much would additional session(s) cost for students covered by SHIP?
All students (SHIP and non-SHIP) students should confirm that the SAP provider they choose is in-network with their health plan if they plan to continue seeing the provider after their first three free sessions. Most SAP providers are going to be in-network with Aetna Student Health as well, but there is a chance some may be out-of-network. If the provider is In-Network the co-pay cost is $20. If the provider is Out-of-Network the visit is not covered by SHIP.
For non-SHIP students, how much would additional session(s) cost?
If you decide to continue sessions after your first three free sessions and you are not enrolled in SHIP, not all insurance plans may be accepted by your SAP provider. Since non-SHIP students are not enrolled in the campus health plan we are unable to provide the specific cost-share associated with their visits after the first three free sessions.
All students should confirm that the provider they choose is in-network with their individual health insurance plan and should contact their health insurance plan to confirm what their cost(s) would be for visits associated with the provider they chose. We recommend the student to have a list of providers covered by their individual health insurance plan, and upon contacting the SAP to initiate services, the student can ask if their listed providers are in the SAP network. Should a non-SHIP student be connected with a provider that is not in their network, the student can request to transition to a provider that is in-network with their health plan.
Are in-person appointments available on Pomona's campus?
No, in-person visits would take place at the providers office. The students can contact SAP (1-877-351-7889) in order to get a list of providers that offer in-person visits in their area.
Student Physical Health Resources
Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP): SHIP is a health insurance plan designed just for students enrolled at The Claremont Colleges. If you get sick or injured, insufficient health insurance can lead to financial hardships that can threaten your ability to attend class, pay tuition, get student loans, or live away from home. Having health insurance is a safety net that helps ensure you are able to stay in school so you can graduate and achieve your professional goals. SHIP is available to all Pomona College students. For more information about SHIP and plan benefits and coverage visit the SHIP website.
Student Health Services is committed to promoting the physical health and wellness of all students at The Claremont Colleges.
Health Education Outreach is dedicated to supporting the healthy lifestyle choices of students by providing health and wellness education resources.
The Chaplains invite all students to various worship services and events for community support. They are also available to meet one-on-one in their office or at a location around campus. You may drop by the Chaplains Office during their office hours from 9am-5pm, or visit The Chaplains contact page to e-mail a specific chaplain to schedule a time to meet. For more information, you can call them at (909) 621-8685.
Alcohol and Drug Use
Social and Cultural Wellness
Academic Support Resources
Academic Support Resources provides expert peer instruction to help you develop strategic learning skills, assist in achieving your personal intellectual potential, and promoting leadership and service learning opportunities through the peer Fellows program.
Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, Dating and Domestic Violence Resources
Pomona College is committed to preventing and intervening in all forms of sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment, which includes intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking. We strongly encourage individuals who have experienced any such harm to take action by using the College’s support services and/or pursuing administrative action through Title IX at the College and/or reporting criminal offenses to law enforcement.