Psychiatric clinicians are available to assist students experiencing a wide array of issues, including anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns.
Students may access psychiatric services in the following situations:
- You would like to consider psychotropic medication as a part of your treatment.
- Your CPS counselor recommends a psychiatric or medication evaluation.
To obtain psychiatric services at CPS:
- If you are already a CPS client, talk with your counselor about a referral for medication evaluation.
- If you are new to CPS, attend a Let’s Hoot walk-in consultation and discuss the need for medication evaluation with a counselor.
For Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- CPS does not provide ADHD evaluations or initiate pharmacological treatment for students newly diagnosed. We will only consider prescribing medication for students who:
- have previously been diagnosed with ADHD and treated with medication
- AND are currently experiencing additional symptoms (e.g., depression or anxiety) that suggest a need for psychiatric evaluation for medication adjustment.
- If, after attending a Let’s Hoot walk-in consultation, the counselor agrees that a psychiatric consultation is warranted, you will need
to provide medical records documenting:
- The presenting symptoms at time of diagnosis as well as any additional supporting information (e.g., Conner’s rating scales by parents/teachers and/or formal neuropsychological testing)
- AND a treatment plan including medication log/record that documents pharmacological treatment with stimulant medication within the past 6 months.
- Note: stimulant medication will not be prescribed if there has been at least a six-month break in treatment and/or usage.
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the above documentation and provide to CPS for review. Once the records are received, a decision regarding appropriateness for psychiatric services will be made. The review process typically takes 2-3 business days. Students will be contacted via telephone once a decision has been made, or if more documentation is needed.
If you do not meet criteria for ADD/ADHD medication management through Counseling and Psychological Services, we recommend that you discuss your concerns with an off-campus Primary Care Physician or Psychiatrist. If you need additional assistance with referrals, please contact our Case Management Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the high demand for services, preference for psychiatric appointments is for students who are currently prescribed psychotropic medication and are seeking an adjustment or change in medication. Convenience is not considered a sufficient reason to transfer psychiatric care to CPS.