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Counseling Services
Services are provided free of charge and are confidential. Our office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Therapists and a part-time psychiatrist provide short-term therapy for a variety of issues. Students should call or stop by the office to set up an appointment.

 

Medical services are NOT available on-site.
A registered nurse is available for health education and assistance in locating community health resources in the New York City area.  Health resources, such as walk-in clinics and hospitals can be found in the Downloads section of this site.

 

Student Health 101 Magazine: 

For a current issue of the Student Health 101 digital magazine, click on the image below:

Student Health 101


For a student health resource guide, click on the image below: 

Health Resource Guide

 

Contact Us

George Washington Residence 23 Lexington Ave, Room 302

Tel: 212.592.2246
Fax: 212.592.2216
E-mail: health@sva.edu

Mailing address:
Attn: Student Health and Counseling Services
School of Visual Arts
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010

Immunization Requirement

Student Health and Counseling Services oversees the process of making sure that students and the College are in compliance with New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167. Students are required to complete a SVA Student Health Form to provide the documentation required to fulfill both laws.

The SVA Student Health Form is available in the Downloads section of this page. The link to the form can be found in various notifications sent to newly accepted students, including 'What's Next? How Do I Register For Classes At SVA?"

Students should make every effort to have this completed by their previous school or healthcare provider as soon as possible following acceptance to the College. Though there is no specific due date, students are not permitted to register for classes until their Form is processed and cleared by Student Health and Counseling Services.

In the rare case of a student who has not received a measles vaccine: if a student receives their first MMR vaccine, a temporary exemption may be granted through Student Health and Counseling Services so that he/she can attend classes while awaiting the second dose. Any student who is not fully in compliance with New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167 will be withdrawn from the College 30 days into the semester.

For information on the Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination, click on the link below, or visit www.cdc.gov

 http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/vaccine-info.html

 

For information on where to obtain your immunization vaccines, please refer to the 2015-16 Healthcare tab below.

 

Insurance Requirement
Insurance for 2014-2015:
The 2014-2015 plan through United Healthcare Student Resources runs through August 24, 2015

Insurance for 2015-16:
SVA is pleased to announce that the new insurance carrier for the 2015-2016 policy year will be Consolidated Health Plans, using Cigna as the Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). University Health Plans will continue as SVA’s student health insurance broker. The 2015-16 fee is $970 per semester, for the same coverage that was $1,035 per semester in 2014-15.

Health Insurance

Students are automatically enrolled in the SVA-sponsored Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan and billed the Health Insurance Fee. The Health Insurance Fee is charged each semester and students who register and attend classes for the fall and spring semester have coverage for one year.

Information about the Consolidated Health Plans (Cigna PPO) StudentResources Insurance Plan can be viewed at www.sva.edu/uhp or at www.universityhealthplans.com

PLEASE NOTE: The student health insurance plan does not cover dependents.

Students who have other health insurance that can be used in the New York City area and do not wish to have the SVA-sponsored insurance or be billed the Health Insurance Fee, must complete the online waiver form, at www.sva.edu/uhp by the applicable deadline. 

In order to waive the Health Insurance Fee, the online waiver form must be completed by the deadline on an annual basis. Failure to complete this online waiver will result in continued enrollment in the SVA plan at the current rate. There are no refunds of the Health Insurance Fee after the semester's deadline date.  The waiver deadline for fall 2015 is October 8th and includes removal from the student health insurance for both the fall and spring semesters.  Should you miss the deadline for the fall semester, or are just beginning classes in the spring, you can complete the online waiver form for the spring semester. The waiver deadline for spring 2016 is February 11th and includes removal from the student health insurance for spring only.  Anyone completing an online waiver for spring must also complete one in the fall, as well, for the upcoming academic policy year. 

Students who have waived the Health Insurance Fee and have had a change in coverage status may locate and complete the
 Student Insurance Re-enrollment Form, under the Downloads section of this page, in order to be re-enrolled into the SVA sponsored Health Insurance Plan.

 

*Insurance coverage for Fall 2015 begins on August 25, 2015 and ends on January 5, 2016. Insurance coverage for Spring 2016 begins on January 6, 2016 and  ends on August 24, 2016. For questions on benefits or claims, contact University Health Plans at 1.800.437.6448 or visit www.sva.edu/uhp

 

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Student Health and Coun

Student Health and Counseling Services oversees the process of making sure that students and the College are in compliance with New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167. Students are required to complete a SVA Student Health Form to provide the documentation required to fulfill both laws.

The Form is available in the Downloads section of this page. The link to the form can be found in various notifications sent to newly accepted students, including 'What's Next? How Do I Register For Classes At SVA?"

Students should make every effort to have this completed by their previous school or healthcare provider as soon as possible following acceptance to the College. Though there is no specific due date, students are not permitted to register for classes until their Form is processed and cleared by Student Health and Counseling Services.

In the rare case of a student who has not received a measles vaccine; if a student receives their first MMR vaccine, a temporary exemption may be granted through Student Health and Counseling Services so that he/she can attend classes while awaiting the second dose. Any student who is not fully in compliance with New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167 will be withdrawn from the College 30 days into the semester.


For a Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccination Fact Sheet, click on the image below:

 Immunization Policy


For information on the Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination, click on the link below, or visit www.cdc.gov

 http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/vaccine-info.html

 

Insurance Requirement

Insurance Requirement

Students are automatically enrolled in the SVA-sponsored Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan and billed the Health Insurance Fee. The Health Insurance Fee is charged each semester and students who register and attend classes for the fall and spring semester have coverage for one year.

Information about the United Healthcare StudentResources Insurance Plan can be viewed at www.sva.edu/uhp or at www.universityhealthplans.com

Insurance coverage for fall 2014 begins on August 25, 2014 and ends on January 7, 2014. Insurance coverage for spring 2015 begins on January 8, 2015 and ends on August 24, 2015.  Students who wish to remain enrolled in the student health insurance do not have to compelte any enrollment forms. Review the United Healthcare pdfs under the Downloads section of this website and read the Insurance/Waiver emails sent to your SVA student email accounts, each semester, for more information. For questions on benefits or claims, contact University Health Plans at 1.800.437.6448 or visit www.sva.edu/uhp

Students who have other health insurance that can be used in the New York City area and do not wish to have the SVA-sponsored insurance or be billed the Health Insurance Fee, must complete the online waiver form, at www.sva.edu/uhp by the applicable deadline. 

In order to waive the Health Insurance Fee, the online waiver form must be completed by the deadline on an annual basis. Failure to complete this online waiver will result in continued enrollment in the SVA plan at the current rate. There are no refunds of the Health Insurance Fee after the semester's deadline date.  The waiver deadline for fall 2014 is October 2nd and includes removal from the student health insurance for both the fall and spring semesters.  Should you miss the deadline for the fall semester, or are just beginning classes in the spring, you can complete the online waiver form for the spring semester. The waiver deadline for spring 2015 is February 12th and includes removal from the student health insurance for spring only.  Anyone completing an online waiver for spring must also complete one in the fall, as well, for the upcoming academic policy year. 

Students who have waived the Health Insurance Fee and have had a change in coverage status may find and complete the Student Insurance Re-enrollment Form, under the Downloads section of this page, in order to be re-enrolled into the SVA sponsored Health Insurance Plan.

For a brief summary of the student health insurance planplease review the United Healthcare Getting Started and/or the United Healthcare Summary of Benefits pdf's under the Downloads section of this page. 

 

*Insurance coverage for fall 2013 began on August 25, 2013 and ended on January 8, 2014. Insurance coverage for spring 2014 began on January 9, 2014 and ends on August 24, 2014. For questions on benefits or claims, contact University Health Plans at 1.800.437.6448 or visit www.sva.edu/uhp

- See more at: http://beta.sva.edu/student-life/student-affairs/health-counseling#sthash.c1LfikyX.dpuf

Student Health and Counseling Services oversees the process of making sure that students and the College are in compliance with New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167. Students are required to complete a SVA Student Health Form to provide the documentation required to fulfill both laws.

The Form is available in the Downloads section of this page. The link to the form can be found in various notifications sent to newly accepted students, including 'What's Next? How Do I Register For Classes At SVA?"

Students should make every effort to have this completed by their previous school or healthcare provider as soon as possible following acceptance to the College. Though there is no specific due date, students are not permitted to register for classes until their Form is processed and cleared by Student Health and Counseling Services.

In the rare case of a student who has not received a measles vaccine; if a student receives their first MMR vaccine, a temporary exemption may be granted through Student Health and Counseling Services so that he/she can attend classes while awaiting the second dose. Any student who is not fully in compliance with New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167 will be withdrawn from the College 30 days into the semester.


For a Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccination Fact Sheet, click on the image below:

 Immunization Policy


For information on the Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination, click on the link below, or visit www.cdc.gov

 http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/vaccine-info.html

 

Insurance Requirement

Insurance Requirement

Students are automatically enrolled in the SVA-sponsored Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan and billed the Health Insurance Fee. The Health Insurance Fee is charged each semester and students who register and attend classes for the fall and spring semester have coverage for one year.

Information about the United Healthcare StudentResources Insurance Plan can be viewed at www.sva.edu/uhp or at www.universityhealthplans.com

Insurance coverage for fall 2014 begins on August 25, 2014 and ends on January 7, 2014. Insurance coverage for spring 2015 begins on January 8, 2015 and ends on August 24, 2015.  Students who wish to remain enrolled in the student health insurance do not have to compelte any enrollment forms. Review the United Healthcare pdfs under the Downloads section of this website and read the Insurance/Waiver emails sent to your SVA student email accounts, each semester, for more information. For questions on benefits or claims, contact University Health Plans at 1.800.437.6448 or visit www.sva.edu/uhp

Students who have other health insurance that can be used in the New York City area and do not wish to have the SVA-sponsored insurance or be billed the Health Insurance Fee, must complete the online waiver form, at www.sva.edu/uhp by the applicable deadline. 

In order to waive the Health Insurance Fee, the online waiver form must be completed by the deadline on an annual basis. Failure to complete this online waiver will result in continued enrollment in the SVA plan at the current rate. There are no refunds of the Health Insurance Fee after the semester's deadline date.  The waiver deadline for fall 2014 is October 2nd and includes removal from the student health insurance for both the fall and spring semesters.  Should you miss the deadline for the fall semester, or are just beginning classes in the spring, you can complete the online waiver form for the spring semester. The waiver deadline for spring 2015 is February 12th and includes removal from the student health insurance for spring only.  Anyone completing an online waiver for spring must also complete one in the fall, as well, for the upcoming academic policy year. 

Students who have waived the Health Insurance Fee and have had a change in coverage status may find and complete the Student Insurance Re-enrollment Form, under the Downloads section of this page, in order to be re-enrolled into the SVA sponsored Health Insurance Plan.

For a brief summary of the student health insurance planplease review the United Healthcare Getting Started and/or the United Healthcare Summary of Benefits pdf's under the Downloads section of this page. 

 

*Insurance coverage for fall 2013 began on August 25, 2013 and ended on January 8, 2014. Insurance coverage for spring 2014 began on January 9, 2014 and ends on August 24, 2014. For questions on benefits or claims, contact University Health Plans at 1.800.437.6448 or visit www.sva.edu/uhp

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Insurance - Student Health Insurance & the Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act and Student Health Insurance


American College Health Association - Updated Frequently Asked Questions Page:

ACHA has posted updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its effect on college student health coverage. These FAQs are provided to assist our members and others in their general understanding of the changes to student health plan coverage brought about by the ACA.


This information is not intended as legal advice, nor is it intended to address specific questions about student health coverage offered/provided by a specific institution of higher education.


For information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how to enroll, please visit https://www.healthcare.gov/

For important health insurance terms, visit http://www.insurancequotes.org/health-insurance/

For a brief student's guide, visit http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/affordable-care-act/


Student Health and Counseling Services Staff

Christine Gilchrist, MSN, MPH, RN, BC, Associate Director

Edward Rabinowitz, MD, Psychiatrist

Navah Steiner, MA, LCAT, Psychotherapist

Jennifer Wilson, MA, LCAT, Psychotherapist

Mark Howell, PhD, LCSW, Psychotherapist

Stella Kim, MS, LMHC, Therapist

Lily MacHugh, Coordinator

2015-16 Dental and Vision Providers
Dentist
Opthamologist (Eye Doctor)

The information included below is not intended to reflect the only medical facilities available, nor should it be regarded as a recommendation or endorsement of the providers, clinics or services by the office of Student Health and Counseling Services.

 The SVA-sponsored student injury and sickness insurance, Consolidated Health Plans (Cigna PPO) StudentResources, does not include dental or vision coverage. If you are seeking dental or vision services, you can review the options below:


NYU College of Dentistry- Stu-Dent Plan: Students enrolled in the Stu-Dent Plan will be treated by D.D.S. and dental hygiene students, supervised by licensed dental faculty members, at the NYU College of Dentistry, 345 East 24th Street (on the corner of First Avenue). Services include: Diagnostic Care, Restorative Treatment, and Preventive Care. Enrollment is on a rolling basis. Membership takes effect on the date of enrollment and terminates one year after the effective date. Call 212.998.9870 or visithttp://www.nyu.edu/dental/patientinfo/stu-dent-main.html for more information.
 

For more information on dental and vision providers in the area, see below:

Name - Dental Services

Phone/Address

Madison Square Dentistry

212.231.4029 / 1158 Broadway

Gramercy Park Dental

212.889.0999 / 334 3rd Ave

Clarence Loflin, DDS (General Dentistry)

212.683.2890 / 164 Madison Ave

Lillian Mittl, DDS (General Dentistry)

212.683.3328 / 160 E  32nd St

Richard Ricci, DDS & Andrea Cambras, DDS (General Dentistry)

212.213.4558 / 201 E  28th St

Amir Ahmadi, DDS – (Periodontist)

212.685.2890 / 164 Madison Ave

 

Name- Vision Services

Phone/Address

Union Square Eye Care

212.844.2020 / 235 Park Ave

Cohen’s Fashion Optical

212.677.3707 / 106 East 23rd St

Jonathan A. Feistmann (Optometrist)

212.979.4000 / 310 E 14th St

Allison J. Bruckner (Optometrist)

212.686.7500 / 423 E 23rd St

Jonathan Ellant (Opthamologist)

212.889.7177 / 144 East 27th St

Curreri & Hornfeld Laser

212.979.2020 / 247 3rd Ave,

Suite 204

2015-16 Healthcare

VACCINES AND IMMUNIZATIONS

The Health Department walk-in immunization clinics provide immunizations recommended for children over four (4) years of age, teens and adults, including:

  • Hepatitis B vaccine (for children and high-risk adults through age 59)
  • Hepatitis A vaccine (for high risk adults through age 59)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus & pertussis combination vaccines, including 
    Tdap and DTaP
  • Tetanus (Td) vaccine
  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) combination vaccine
  • Pneumococcal (PPSV23) vaccine
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (for males and females ages nine through 18 years)
  • Meningococcal vaccine (for children ages 11 through 18 years)
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Haemophilus influenzae (Hib) vaccine (for children four [4] years of age)
  • Polio vaccine (for patients 4 through 17 years)
  • Varicella vaccine (for patients 4 through 18 years)
 

For more information, visit, http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/living/immun-clinics.shtml

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FLU SHOT

For information on What You Should Know For the 2014-15 Influenza Season, visit, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2014-2015.htm

                                                                     "Where can I get a flu shot?"

Free Flu Vaccines:

Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Karpas Health Information Center is sponsoring free flu vaccinations for people 18 years or older at PACC, Friedman Conference Center, second floor:

On Thursday, October 9, from 1:30 to 5:30 pm

On Wednesday, October 15, from 10 am to 2 pm

On Friday, October 24, from 1:30 to 5:30 pm

On Tuesday, November 4, from 2 to 6 pm

Registration is required. Please call (212) 420-4247 or log on to http://www.karpashealth.org for more information and to register

 

Flu Vaccines at Cost/Insurance:

Most Urgent Care Centers (review the Find A Doctor pdf under the Downloads section) and Pharmacies such as CVS (at Park Ave South & E 22nd St OR 3rd Ave & E 22nd St), Walgreens (at E 23rd St and Park Ave) and Duane Reade (at E 23rd St and 3rd Ave), administer the flu shot. Most insurance plans are accepted. Show your Insurance ID Card for service. 

Where insurance is not coveredPharmies offer the flu shot for approximately $32; MedRite Urgent Care offers the flu shot for $20 with SVA ID; City MD offers the flu shot for $30.


A Flu Shot Locator can be found at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/flu/html/home/home.shtml

 

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STD's and HIV

The Health Department provides free and confidential clinics that test for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Patients are seen on a first come, first served basis. No appointment is necessary. People in need of primary care (including a routine STD checkup) will be referred to low/no cost services. The number of patients admitted to each clinic depends on the number of clinician hours per day, which is different in each site each day. Thus, we may at times, need to halt patient intake earlier then 3 p.m.

For more information visit, http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/living/std-clinics.shtml

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Healthcare: Ryan Network- Providing comprehensive and affordable healthcare since 1967.

The William F. Ryan Community Health Network is a family of not-for-profit, federally qualified health centers, that delivers world-class medical care to diverse and underserved communities. Services include walk-in, opthamology, dental, podiatry, radiology, allergy, and nutrition, to name a few.

The Ryan Health Network minimizes cost and inconvenience to patients wherever possible; offering both a basic "sliding fee" system and accepting many forms of health insurance, including:
  • Medicaid and Medicare, Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and the following insurance plans:
  • 1199 Benefit Fund
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • HealthFirst
  • HealthPlus
  • and other insurance plans

 

For more information, including services and locations, visit, http://www.ryancenter.org/about.htm

 

 


2015-16 Health Insurance Waiver Online Now
Getting Started with Cigna 2015-16
Fall 2015 student health insurance coverage begins on August 25, 2015.
Cigna
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