PA’s Largest Community College Eliminates Campus Mental-Health Counseling for 17,000 Students

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s largest community college system has eliminated all on-campus mental-health counseling for its students, Spotlight PA has learned, a move that college health experts called short-sighted and risky at a time of growing need.

The Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) told counselors across its five campuses to stop individual and group counseling as of mid-September, according to an internal memo obtained by Spotlight PA. Instead, students with mental-health needs will be sent to a dean of student affairs who will refer them to an off-campus provider.

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