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The Student Health Center 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 and 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 Counseling and Psychological Services staff member. A prescheduled appointment is required. In emergency situations, students may be referred to a local hospital for initial evaluation and stabilization.

For students who require long term, on-going mental health care, the psychiatrist may assist students with a referral to a psychiatric provider in the community.

Student Health Center clinicians, including the psychiatrist, do not perform diagnostic evaluations for ADD/ADHD. 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
  • The letter is renewed annually

The student must make an appointment with a Student Health Center clinician to review the information and obtain the prescription.