The Office of Student Services and Advising offers information regarding health insurance, mental health services, immunizations and additional health resources. For detailed information on each please see below.
Proof of Immunization
In accordance with New York State law, all Cardozo students born on or after January 1, 1957, are required to show proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. Students must show documentation of two doses of measles vaccination and one dose each of mumps and rubella, submit the results of a blood test indicating immunity to the three illnesses, or submit documentation of the eligibility for a waiver of the immunization requirement. Failure to provide proof of immunization may result in the inability of the student to register for classes. Information on immunization requirements is available through the Office of Admissions.
Student Health Insurance
2019-2020 CONTINUATION PLAN FOR STUDENTS PREVIOUSLY INSURED IN STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN - HARD WAIVER PROGRAM
Mental Health Services
Law school can be a challenging time for students, and students experiencing high levels of stress and/or other emotional difficulties are encouraged to speak with an advisor at the Office of Student Services and Advising. Students also have the option to seek professional counseling services at the University Counseling Center. Yeshiva’s Counseling Center offers short-term individual counseling, psychiatric assessment and short term medication managements, referral services, crisis intervention and emergency services. All services are free of charge and confidential.
Yeshiva University Counseling Center
205 Lexington Avenue (between 32nd & 33rd Streets), Suite 401
New York, NY 10016
The YU Counseling Center is open during general business hours, Monday-Thursday and until 2:30 p.m. on Friday.
Students can reach the Counseling Center at 646.592.4210 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. When leaving a message, be sure to state your name, that you are a Cardozo student, and whether your problem is urgent. Calls will be returned as promptly as possible, same day or next day. If you call the Center at night or on the weekend, your call will be returned the next business day.
For mental health emergencies, please inform the Center that you have an emergency when you call 646.592.4210, and repeat that it is an emergency when a staff member returns your call. If you require immediate attention during normal University business hours, leave a message on the Center voicemail, and then call Yeshiva Security services at 212.790.0303, who will contact the Counseling Center staff right away.
If you have an emergency at night or on the weekend, you may contact University Security at 212.790.0303 or 212.340.7800. In case of a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or call Hatzoloh at 212.230.1000. Hatzoloh is a voluntary emergency ambulance service with numerous locations around the city. It is run by members of the Jewish community but available to the general public.
For assistance with outside referrals, you may either contact the Counseling Center or you may contact LIFENET at 800.543.3638. This is a confidential and anonymous, 24-7 mental health hotline which offers referral information.
Counseling Center Staff:
- Yael Muskat, PsyD, Director
- Martin Galla, LCSW, Assistant Director
- Rochelle Ausubel, PhD, Psychologist
- Sara Asher, PsyD, Psychologist
- Debra Alper, PhD, Psychologist
Helping Someone in Trouble:
The health and wellness of students is a matter of concern for every member of the University community, including administrators, faculty, staff and students.
Here are some common signs that someone you know may be having trouble:
- Abrupt changes in behavior, mood or appearance
- Loss of interest in schoolwork, work or other activities
- Not attending class
- Signs of depression including: crying, hopelessness, sleeping or eating difficulties, low-energy, excessive guilt
- Withdrawal from friends and social activities
- Preoccupation with death and dying
- References to suicide or death in conversation, jokes or writings
- Drug or alcohol problems
Here are ways to be helpful when someone shows some of these signs:
- Take the signs seriously.
- Tell the person you are concerned about them. Point out the signs you’ve noticed.
- Be willing to listen. Don’t judge, automatically give advice, or try to cheer the person up.
- Suggest the person call and make an appointment at the Counseling Center or the Office of Student Services and Advising at 646-592-6420 or CardozoStudentServices@yu.edu.
- If, after talking to the person, you continue to have concerns, please call the Counseling Center at 917.326.4942 to discuss the situation. After hours, call Yeshiva Security at 212.340.7800.
If the person seems to be in acute danger (is talking of imminent self-harm, is acting dangerously or has taken a dangerous substance), do not leave them alone. Either have someone else (or if no one is available, then you should) call 911 or Hatzoloh (212.230.1000), and then call Yeshiva University Security at 212.790.0303 or 212.340.7800.
Additional Resources and Links:
The New York City Lawyer Assistance Program (NYC LAP) is a free and confidential hotline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 212.302.5787. NYC LAP is available to law students, attorneys, judges, and their family members, in New York City, who are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, as well as other addictions and mental health issues.
NYC LAP offers:
- Evaluation and Assessment
- Peer support
- Attorney Monitoring Program
- Outreach and Education
New York City has a website with links to a wide range of health resources available to people in the 5 boroughs, including available public health insurance programs, low-cost clinics, prescription drug programs, dental clinics, vision services, and the HHC (Health and Hospitals Corporation Options program). To access this information, visit
New York City has an excellent public website in which users can view and compare virtually all health insurance options (public and private) in one site, from an unbiased prospective. To access this information, visit http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/1126/health-insurance.
The NYS Attorney General’s Office has set up an excellent website on prescription drugs, including information on discounted or free prescription drug programs, on price comparisons among pharmacies, and on how to use caution when reviewing program information. You can access this information via https://apps.health.ny.gov/pdpw/
New York City has information on several low cost programs. See http://www.nyc.gov/html/hia/html/healthcare_law/im_Individuals.shtml
BigAppleRx is New York City's first official prescription drug discount card. It is available free of charge and can be used at more than 2,000 city pharmacies. To learn more and apply for the card, please visit www.bigapplerx.com.
If you are unable to afford prescription medication, see if you qualify for the Prescription Assistance Program. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicine they need by finding a program that is right for them. Visit www.pparx.org for more information or call 1.888.477.2669.
Study Abroad Health Insurance
Students should secure health insurance coverage for the duration of their overseas study. Not all domestic insurance policies will cover students while they are abroad so check with your provider.
If you do not have adequate coverage under your current policy, you may wish to take advantage of Cardozo’s contract with Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). If you are interested in enrolling in this program, please consult with Val Myteberi, Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs.
If you would like to contract for your own coverage for the time you are abroad, there are a variety of companies and plans to consider.
See https://travel.state.gov/content/studentsabroad/en/beforeyougo/health/me... for some helpful considerations. You may also want to consider the following companies which provide insurance for those going abroad for educational purposes.
HTH Worldwide (formerly Hinchcliff International), www.hthworldwide.com
Compass Benefits, www.compassbenefits.com
For more information, see U.S. State Department – Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/americans-traveling-abroad.html
Students studying abroad are required to register with International SOS, a 24-hour international medical, security, and travel assistance program. For more information, please see Val Myteberi, Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs. You can also find more information on the Study Abroad webpage here.