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Health Services

The Office of Health Services supports the academic and personal success of the Columbia-Greene community through the provision of routine and emergency nursing care and health education.

Mental Health Resources


If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis please contact the Suicide and Crisis Lifelineat 988, or local emergency services by dialing 911.

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Additional mental health resources:

On-Campus Counseling

Shannon Richardson, Prevention Specialist
Room 703 in the Professional Academic Center (PAC)
Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Friday (by phone or email) – 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Phone: 518.828.6319
Email Shannon


  • Screenings and assessments for substance use/misuse, and problem gambling/video game
  • Assistance and support with decision-making and conflict resolution
  • Mental, emotional, education, or social problems/concerns support
  • Educational awareness including NARCAN training for students, faculty, and staff
  • Assistance and support to those with family members who have or have had a substance use disorder

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In addition to providing first aid, the Office of Health Services stocks a limited number of over-the-counter oral medications as well as medical supplies for the convenience of the students. In the event of an emergency in the Director’s absence, the Security Department will call the local rescue squad.

An assortment of informative materials on a wide variety of health-related topics is located outside the college nurse’s office. All students are welcome to avail themselves of this material and/or to discuss any health-related concerns with the nurse. Assistance with disease prevention education, referrals to medical care providers and strategies to manage illnesses while on campus is available. Confidentiality will be maintained. However please keep in mind that the Office of Health Services is not authorized to excuse any student from academic requirements due to health-related conditions.

The Office of the Health Services is located in the Main Building, Room 316, telephone 518.697.6303, and overseen by Maria Ostrander, RN, Director of Health Services.

All students born after 1956 taking 6 credit hours or more on campus are required to submit proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. These records are maintained by the Office of Health Services. Please make sure your records are complete as failure to submit proof of immunity will lead to administrative action, which may include de-registration from classes without tuition reimbursement. Immunization transcripts are available upon written request when transferring to other colleges.


From time to time special health awareness programs and screenings will be available on campus for students. Watch for them!