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Health + Wellness

As performing artists, maintaining high quality physical and mental health is critical for AMDA students who must meet rigorous academic and performance demands. AMDA provides complementary health and wellness services to support students' behavioral and emotional wellness, and to help students evaluate options for maintaining healthy lifestyles, through prevention, intervention, and education. AMDA's goal is to empower students to develop skills and competencies that support healthy choices and academic success as a foundation for life-long development.

61st Street, 3rd Floor

  • Robert Manganaro, Director of Student Affairs
    • Robert has a Masters Degree in SPS – Individual Counseling and a BA in English and Music.
    • Robert oversees the academic progress of all NY students, provides individual and group counseling when needed, acts as faculty liaison for student concerns, oversees student discipline and provides outside resources (physical / mental health, etc.)

Hours

Typically 8:00am – 6:00pm, hours are updated and posted at the 61st Street Administrative Offices (3rd Floor).

Local health clinics

61st Street, 3rd Floor

Karly Rodriguez, Mental Health Counselor

AMDA NY offers Mental Health Counseling to help meet the emotional and psychological needs of our students. Our goal is to create a campus environment that facilitates the health and well-being of all of our students and advances our academic and performance mission. Our counselor provides short-term consultations and can connect students to ongoing counseling and community resources.

Hours

Hours are Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm (additional times available with an appointment).

Services

  • Counseling
  • Support groups
  • Referrals to community resources

To make an appointment

Additional and Ongoing Counseling Resources

If you need immediate assistance please call NYC's 24/7 hotline at 888-692-9355 or visit nycwell.cityofnewyork.us. If you are in danger or need immediate medical attention Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Vine Building V401

Hours

Hours are Monday thru Friday 9am – 7pm. Closed on weekends. Appointments are recommended.

Services

  • First Aid and Ice
  • Evaluation of Musculoskeletal Injuries
    • Please come dressed in shorts and a t-shirt for injury evaluation
  • Short-term Rehabilitation of Acute Injuries
  • Referral for General Medical Conditions

Local health clinics

For health and wellness center appointments or general questions email: LAHealth@amda.edu

Tower Building Room 601

Henry Meraz, Mental Health Counselor
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

AMDA LA offers Mental Health Counseling to help meet the emotional and psychological needs of our students. Our goal is to create a campus environment that facilitates the health and well-being of all of our students and advances our academic and performance mission. Our counselor can also provide referrals to community resources as needed. Appointments are required.

Services

  • Counseling
  • Support groups
  • Referrals to community resources

To make an appointment

  • Contact Henry Meraz at 323-603-5986 or Lacounseling@amda.edu
  • Visit the Health and Wellness Department in the Vine Building
  • Visit the 4th floor reception desk in the Tower Building

If you need immediate assistance please call LA's 24/7 hotline at 310-391-1253 or 211 for more information. If you are in danger or need immediate medical attention Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

The welfare of our students is essential to our vibrant performing arts community. Per the Affordable Care Act, all enrolled students on either campus must have both mental and physical health insurance at all times while attending AMDA.

To assist students with this requirement, AMDA automatically enrolls each student in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), an affordable service that offers students access to mental and physical healthcare services throughout New York City and Los Angeles.

Whether it’s a broken ankle or a psychological trauma, SHIP provides vital resources to ensure AMDA students are healthy in body and mind for continued success in their education.

Waive Out Of SHIP

Students have until the Friday of Week 1 each semester to waive their automatic SHIP enrollment. To waive out, you must provide proof of comparable health insurance that meets the coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act. You may waive out of SHIP if you provide proof of comparable health insurance.

Additional Information

Comprehensive description of SHIP’s coverage
New York | Los Angeles

Waiver Frequently Asked Questions
New York | Los Angeles

Plan Snapshots
New York | Los Angeles

New Direction Mental Health Student Assistant Program Information
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Contact

If you have any questions or concerns about SHIP coverage on either campus, don’t hesitate to contact Robert Manganaro at 212-957-3351 or rmanganaro@amda.edu.

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    • Boosts your immune system to help avoid sickness
    • Increases your ability to concentrate and perform in class
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    • Maintain an active lifestyle
    • Be sure to get an adequate amount of sleep
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    • Create a menu or prepare meals a head of time
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