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Psychiatry Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) staff includes a psychiatrist. The primary role of the psychiatrist is to evaluate students, recommend treatment, and prescribe and monitor psychiatric medications. Psychiatric care is provided in collaboration with Student Health Center medical clinicians, Counseling & Psychological Services staff, and the student's primary mental health provider at home, if applicable.

Students must be referred to the psychiatrist by a Student Health Center clinician or CaPS staff member. In emergency situations where medication is immediately required, students may be referred to a local hospital for evaluation and stabilization. Additionally, for students pursuing long term, on-going mental health therapy through a community provider rather than CaPS , if psychiatric medication is required as part of treatment, the student will also need a referral to a psychiatric provider in the community.

Counseling & Psychological Services staff, including the psychiatrist, do not perform diagnostic evaluations of ADD/ADHD for the purpose of initiation of medication or determination of eligibility for Disability Services. Students may be referred to a community specialist for evaluation and diagnosis, if appropriate. Students who have been previously diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and are currently taking prescription medication may obtain refills from a Student Health Center clinician while at school if:

  • The student is under ongoing care.
  • A letter summarizing the student's history of treatment and current medication name and dose is received and renewed annually.
  • The student must make an appointment with a Student Health Center clinician to review the information and obtain the prescription.