All students attending Bard College are required to have health insurance. The College provides comprehensive coverage through the CDPHP Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan, administered by The Allen J. Flood Companies, Inc. Please be aware that this site has information, including claim forms and benefits for the current 2014-2015 academic year as that plan covers students through July 31, 2015; Be sure to choose the 2015-2016 links.

Hours & Contact Info

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 pm

Phone: 845-758-7433
Fax: 845-758-7437
Email: counselingservice@bard.edu

Let's Talk

Let's Talk
Stop by and talk with a counselor. It's free. It's confidential. No appointment necessary!

Mondays 3 - 4 PM Counseling Offices

Wednesdays 12 - 1 PM BEOP (behind Stone Row)

Thursdays 5 - 6 PM BEOP

Support Groups On Campus

  • NEW GROUP - Bardians with Chronic Illness
    This group welcomes anyone struggling with chronic mental or physical illness or disability.
    Time & Location: Fridays at 6:30 PM in Olin 101
    Contact: Eleanor Broughton (eb4858@bard.edu)

    Unlearning Racisim
    This group focuses on issues of identity, priviledge and positionality in the dominant culture.
    Time & Location: Group is full/closed
    Contact: Dinh Tran (dtran@bard.edu)

  • Grief Group
    Thursdays @ 6:00 PM
    Contact:  John Asuncion (jasuncio@bard.edu) if you are interested in learning about or joining the group.

  • Managing Anxiety and Depression Group
    Time: Tuesdays 3:30-4:45 PM 
    Contact: dtran@bard.edu for more info or to join the group.

  • Settling into Bard Group
    Helping first year and transfer students healthfully transition into college life at Bard.
    Time: Mondays 4:30-5:30 PM
    Contact: dhyman@bard.edu for more info or to join the group.

  • Drug and Alcohol Recovery Group
    Time & Location:
    Fridays 6:00-7:00 PM in Hopson Cottage/Admissions Office.
    Contact: David Hyman (djhyman@gmail.com) Or just show up​.

Announcements and Updates

  • Parents: Is your chid starting college soon? You can find some recommened reading on our "Links" page under the Parent Resource heading.
  • New Students: We have listed a couple of good reads on transitioning to college on our "Links" page under the Transitioning to College heading.
  • The Science of Heartbreak - This NPR article on breaking up explores the science behind our pain and recovery. Click HERE to read.
  • Bereavement - This brief article discusses "Uncomplicated" and "Complicated" bereavement, and provides some guidance on dealing with grief. Click HERE to download the article.
FOR AFTER HOURS OR WEEKEND EMERGENCIES (when classes are in session),  please call security at 845-758-7460 or 845-758-7777 and ask for the counselor on duty. If your situation is not an emergency but you want to talk it through with a trained peer anonymously, please call security and ask for the BRAVE Counselor.
You can also call ULIFELINE, the National Mental Health Hotline and speak with a trained local hotline counselor ANYTIME: 
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Bard Health Insurance for Off-Campus Mental Health Services

CDPHP provides coverage for some off-campus psychotherapy and psychiatric visits. Coverage for mental health services is 90% after the $100 deductible is met. A Certificate of Coverage for 2015-16 describing coverage, exclusions, and premiums of the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan for Bard College is available here: Certificate of Coverage

You should always discuss payment with your provider prior to the first appointment. Payment may be required at the time of service, but most providers will file a claim on your behalf. All claims should be submitted by your provider in a timely manner.

In the event of an emergency, never delay treatment. Go immediately to the nearest hospital. In this case your insurance company should be notified as soon as possible.

What if I waived the Bard College Health Insurance?

If you waived the Bard College Health Insurance, then your family/private insurance is your primary insurance for all off-campus referrals.

It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with your family/private insurance plan. If your plan is a PPO or HMO, you may need to find a participating provider and verify benefits.To find a provider in your network you can call member services or visit your insurance company's website (member services numbers & website information are usually listed on the back of your insurance card). You should call or visit member services before you schedule an appointment, otherwise you risk benefits being paid at a reduced rate or not at all.

BARD / CDPHP Resources

Links to Insurance Forms and Web Resources

  • Certificate of Coverage - Click here to download a detailed description of the 2015-2016 policy.
  • Provider Look-up - Click here to find a provider using the CDPHP provider search. Scroll to bottom of the page.
  • Claim Form - Click here to download a CDPHP claim form
  • Claims Status - Click here to check on the status of a submitted claim. You will need to register as a CDPHP member to access this service.