Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.17
Liaison Emily Vollmer
Submission Date May 16, 2024

STARS v2.2

Virginia Tech
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Cathy Kropff
Interim Director of Hokie Wellness
Human Resources
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Does the institution have a wellness program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all students?:

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all academic staff?:

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all non-academic staff?:

A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s):
Hokie Wellness supports the health and well-being of all Virginia Tech employees and students. The department is housed both with the Division of Human Resources and Student Affairs. There are several sub-specialty areas within the department to include: employee wellness, health education, alcohol and other drug use prevention, mental health initiatives, the Recovery Community, and financial wellness.

Cook Counseling Center (CCC) supports students individualized counseling needs on campus. Hokie Wellness supports the emotional and mental health of our students by offering programming on mindfulness, building resilience, and helping friends in distress.

All benefited Virginia Tech employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that is managed through Hokie Wellness. In addition, we maintain a list of community resources that provide reduced fee services for our employees without benefits.

Virginia Tech entered into a system-wide agreement for telehealth and tele-mental health services with TimelyMD in Summer 2022. TimelyMD is the leading virtual health and well-being resource for institutions of higher education and has been trusted to care for more than 1 million college students. This agreement will bring additional, much-needed mental health assessment and treatment services to all students at a time when student mental health concerns and needs are increasing across the nation. TimelyCare serves as a 24/7 virtual extension of campus counseling center resources, with a goal of improving student well-being, engagement and retention. Through TimelyCare on their phone or other device, students can now select from a wide-ranging menu of virtual care options from licensed counselors and mental health providers– at no cost and without the need to bill costs to traditional insurance – including:

- On-demand mental health support (TalkNow)
- Appointment-based mental health counseling
- Psychiatric support
- Health coaching
- Care navigation with basic needs
- Digital self-care content

In addition, 12 scheduled counseling visits are available at no cost for each student throughout the year. Faculty and staff will also have access to support that empowers them to guide students to TimelyCare resources to help students achieve a sense of well-being, live healthier lifestyles and improve their mental health.

You can read more about this program here: https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2022/06/unirel-mental-health-support.html?utm_source=cmpgn_news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vtUnirelNewsDailyCMP_063022-fs

Does the institution prohibit smoking within all occupied buildings owned or leased by the institution?:

Does the institution restrict outdoor smoking?:

Does the institution prohibit smoking and tobacco use across the entire campus?:

A copy of the institution's smoke-free policy:
The institution’s smoke-free policy:

Website URL where information about the institution’s wellness programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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