MARI Coronavirus Response

MARI Response to Coronavirus COVID-19


Updated 2:30 p.m., March 23, 2020

The Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) will remain open for service provided via teletherapy and remotely during the Michigan Stay Home executive order.

Updated 6 a.m., March 20, 2020

The University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL) is temporarily transitioning to teletherapy only for all clients. Learn more about the UMAP teletherapy options here: Therapy without Leaving Home. Contact us with questions at (734) 764-8440.

While we remain committed to staffing the MARI Call Center to answer your questions and help clients with appointments, we are temporarily reducing coverage as needed.

Updated 2 p.m., March 17, 2020

The clinicians at the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) have compiled a short list of resources to help you and your family maintain mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. The resource is available in different forms:


Updated 12 p.m., March 17, 2020

For the safety of clients and staff, some MARI services are transitioning to teletherapy in place of in-person appointments. The MARI offices remain open as of now; however, please check with your primary therapist or clinician if you have questions about your appointment or scheduled teletherapy.

University Center for the Child and Family Services

All services at the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) will be conducted via teletherapy from 5 p.m. Monday, March 16 onward. Please review and sign the digital informed consent form here: MARI Teletherapy Consent Form (opens in a new tab). If you have questions or concerns about the form or the digital security of teletherapy, please contact your primary therapist to review options. UCCF clients should anticipate being contacted by their clinicians if they have not already been contacted. We anticipate re-opening for in-person appointments on April 20, 2020, pending the status of COVID-19 public health concerns. Updates will be posted here.

The monthly Parenting Through Separation and Divorce workshop has been cancelled for April 1, 2020. We are currently accepting registrations for the May session, but the schedule will remain tentative until further notice.

University Psychological Clinic

Some Psych Clinic services are transitioning to teletherapy. If you are interested in pursuing this option, please speak with your primary therapist and review and sign the digital MARI Informed Consent form.

Major Psych Clinic events scheduled for the remainder of March and the length of April are in the process of being postponed and/or rescheduled. See Psych Clinic News and Events for updates.

University Center for Language and Literacy

The University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL) is gradually moving to teletherapy for clients until April 20. The U-M Aphasia Program is expanding teletherapy to current and new clients and may have some limited options available for in-person speech language therapy. To learn more about teletherapy for Aphasia Program clients, see: UMAP Teletherapy Overview (PDF).

Please review and sign the online MARI Informed Consent form if you are interested in pursuing teletherapy and contact us at (734) 764-8440. We are able to offer teletherapy to clients where UMAP clinicians hold licenses. That currently includes Michigan, California, Georgia, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia, and Florida, with other state licensing (Texas and Missouri) pending. Contact us for the most current list of available states as this can change over time.

Groups that have been scheduled to begin or were in process have been postponed until further notice.


Updated 2:45 p.m., March 13, 2020

UPDATE: MARI is expanding teletherapy services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please review and sign our online teletherapy agreement if you are pursuing this care option: MARI Informed Consent for Teletherapy Options Form


Update: March 11, 2020

As you are likely well aware, cases of coronavirus, COVID-19 have been increasing in the United States. The Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) is remaining open to support our clients. We are taking additional precautions to prevent illness, including daily disinfection of waiting areas and therapy spaces. Additionally, all MARI staff have been directed to stay home if they are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

We also ask our clients to stay home if they have symptoms of respiratory illness (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing) or they have had contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please err on the side of caution related to illness in order to best protect yourself as well as your community.

Per clinic policies, clients will not be charged with a missed session fee due to illness or suspected exposure to COVID-19.

If you have concerns about managing your health, please contact your primary care physician. If you have questions about your mental health care, do not hesitate to contact your therapist at MARI. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in working to reduce the spread of illness. We continue to be available to support you and address your concerns.

– Bruno Giordani, PhD
Senior Director, MARI