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UCR Counseling & Psychological Services clinicians available to provide letters for accessing trans-related health care
UCR students currently seeing a Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) counselor may request a letter for accessing trans care such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and Gender Confirming Surgeries (GCS), as required by medical insurance for medical approval. The student may also potentially be referred to Dr. Bell or Dr. Pitsavas at CAPS for this evaluation process. A UCR student not currently seeing a CAPS counselor may request to meet with either Dr. Bell or Dr. Pitsavas and CAPS will determine based on availability who they would meet with and schedule a series of appointments for the evaluation.
Presidential Policy on Gender Recognition and Lived Name will bring changes to gender identity policies and procedures by 2023
- This presidential policy ensures all individuals are identified by their accurate gender identity and lived or preferred name on university-issued documents and in UC’s information systems by providing guidance on the collecting and reporting of gender identity lived name, and sexual orientation.
- Effective November 6, 2020, the systemwide policy must be fully implemented by December 31, 2023.
- The policy applies to all University students, employees, alumni, and affiliates
- Full Policy & Appendix
Updates & Resources for Trans-Related health care under the Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
- UCR students may request an appointment with endocrinologist Dr. Hoda Mojazi-Amiri for transgender Hormone Replacement Therapy. She is available for Telehealth appointments, and she will be available for on-campus appointments once SHS is safely able to return to in-person care. Appointments with Dr. Hoda Mojazi-Amiri require a SHS referral and co-pay under the Student Health Insurance Program. You may also choose a difference endocrinologist in the Anthem network under SHIP. Check out this video of Dr. Hoda Mojazi-Amir talking about Transgender Hormone Replacement Therapy
- SHIP benefits overview for 2021-22– includes new coverage for facial feminization surgeries.
- Therapists referral list for gender-related assessments and letters of support
- Surgical referrals provided by UCR Student Health Services– updated 2/10/21.
- Checklist to get medical approval for surgeries under SHIP.
- UCR Student Health Services have approved new Guidelines for Quality Care of Transgender Patients
You can contact Erica Castillo at UCR Student Health Services for SHIP assistance. To find a provider or receive additional information for these services, you can also contact UCSHIP Customer Service at 866-940-8306.
Info on UC Transgender and Nonbinary Health Benefits for Employees
UCOP has created a new web page on Transgender and Nonbinary Health Benefits for employees. Please know you can contact UCR’s Health Care Facilitator with any questions or to address access to care. UCR’s facilitator is Ranada Palmer. Learn more about Ranada’s role, including confidential one-on-one assistance in resolving health plan issues.
Tutorials on Using Lived/Preferred Names Online and On Campus
You may use your Lived/Preferred First Name at UCR. Follow the tutorials below. Please note that your Legal Name will still be used for official University business such as Financial Aid, medical records, and other interactions external to the campus.
- How To Change Your Preferred Name in R’Web and in R’Mail
- iLearn - Updating Name or Email Address
- Zoom - Changing Default Display Name
Students Can Now Update Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Optional Demographic Info in Student Record
Since 2016, the UC Admissions Application has included optional demographic questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). Now UCR students can update this information, or add info if they were admitted to UCR before 2016, by using R'Web Self-Service. The UCR update form also expands the answer options compared to the UC Admissions Application form. Answering SOGI demographic questions is always optional. This information as a group will help UCR develop resources for a more inclusive campus environment. Individual student info, like all student record info, is protected by federal privacy laws. Check out the FAQs regarding SOGI data by clicking here .