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Wellness Center Services

Health and counseling staff will work together to address your needs.

Students may contact the Wellness Center from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, when school is in session.

An on-call counselor is available by phone and can be reached by first contacting a Community Director or Campus Safety for an initial assessment of your concerns and the resources needed.

Health Services

Our Health Services staff includes registered nurses with extensive experience working with adolescents. We are available to discuss concerns, no matter how minor, and will assist you in caring for your health.

  • We counsel students with concerns about sleep, diet and stress.
  • We provide smoking cessation assistance.
  • We work closely with our counseling staff for students with mental health issues affecting their physical health.
  • We review and maintain all student’s health records.
  • We provide support and care for students with basic healthcare needs/chronic conditions through care management and direct care, including dispensing of weekly/monthly medications.
  • We assess acute infections and injuries, as well as exacerbations of more chronic problems, and develop a treatment plan.
    • All acute infections and injuries requiring advanced care will be sent out to either the local ER or Urgent Care.
  • We provide basic wound care as needed.

Counseling Services

Counseling is free for all currently enrolled students. Appointments for psychiatric evaluation and medication management are scheduled by referral from a Counseling Services clinician and are billed separately through the College/Academy insurance policy.

Some common counseling areas include, but are not limited to:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • campus life adjustment
  • family/relationship issues
  • racial/cultural/ethnic realities and challenges
  • LGBTQ+ support and advocacy
  • academic difficulties
  • stress-related concerns
  • self-esteem
  • body image
  • substance use
  • self-harm
  • trauma
  • sexuality
  • social/interpersonal struggles

Our services include:

  • individual therapy
  • crisis intervention and assessment
  • psychiatric evaluation/medication management
  • referral to outside services as needed and requested
  • consultations/trainings for faculty, staff and students

Emergency Services


Fairview Hospital provides emergency services and is a five-minute drive from campus.

Fairview Hospital
29 Lewis Ave.
Great Barrington, MA 01230


Dial “0” or x7291 to connect with Campus Safety in an emergency. If there is no answer, call 911, then notify Campus Safety at x7291 or a Residence Director.


It is a policy of Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon’s Rock that parents/guardians will be notified of any Emergency Room visit or hospitalization.

Prescription Medication Pick-Up

The Wellness Center works directly with Lenox Village Integrative Pharmacy in Lenox, MA, which will deliver prescription medications to the Wellness Center Monday through Friday. Lenox Village Pharmacy will only provide services to students that carry the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

  • To arrange delivery services, students must contact the Wellness Center to set up an appointment with a nurse.

Medical Excuses and Leave

The Wellness Center does not issue medical excuses for missed classes. Students are responsible for contacting faculty if they are too ill to attend class. The Academic attendance policy can be found in the 2023–2024 Student Handbook .


Records and the information discussed are kept confidential and are not disclosed to others outside of the Wellness Center without written consent. There are specific exceptions within federal confidentiality guidelines, which will be reviewed with you during your intake appointment.

Wellness Center Staff 2023–2024

Diane Dillon, PhD, Director of the Wellness Center

Tanveer Ahmed, MD, Psychiatrist

Pat LoNano, RN, Nurse

Elizabeth Haley, RN, Nurse

Morgan Burns, LICSW, Counselor

Eve Jennings, LMHC, Counselor

Taya Win, LMHC, Counselor

Tamara Schlesinger, LCSW, Post Graduate Fellow

Amanda Roux, Front Office Administrator

  Get to know the Wellness Center Team