LD/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
The University Counseling Center has professionals available to manage ongoing pharmacologic treatment, psychotherapy, reading and study skills, and assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We utilize specific parameters for the pharmacologic management of ADHD in order to ensure the safe and effective treatment of ADHD for our students.
Please be aware that the UCC will only be able to offer a limited number of psychological evaluations for ADHD and Learning Disorders at this time. We are in the process of hiring additional staff to allow us to resume offering testing services to students as soon as possible. We will notify students who have indicated their interest in testing services as soon as we have the staff to manage this aspect of service provision.
If you would prefer to work with a community provider who is familiar with UCC documentation requirements in the interim, please contact the Office of Student Care Coordination and a Student Care Coordinator will assist you in connecting with a community provider who does psychological testing.
We recognize that students with ADHD may benefit from treatment with stimulant medication(s). There are also students who perceive stimulant medications as a form of performance enhancement and seek access to the medications for that purpose. The use of a specific algorithm for treatment enables us to create a structure regarding access to these medications. Once a decision is made for pharmacologic treatment with stimulant medication, students will receive prescriptions in no more than 30 day amounts. In order to receive a refill, the student must return for a medication assessment every 30 days unless otherwise indicated. Note that not all students respond to stimulant medication and that for some students, other medications for ADHD are more appropriate and effective.
For Incoming Students
- If you are currently receiving stimulant medication for ADHD and plan to have the medical providers at the UCC prescribe, you must provide the complete test report from your home provider documenting the diagnosis of ADHD. This should include educational or psychological testing results. In addition to the home provider’s complete test report, you should provide a summary of treatment recommendations.
- If your educational or psychological test report is not immediately available, the UCC will request your consent to speak with a parent/guardian and your home provider to confirm the following:
- Developmental history consistent with ADHD
- Confirmation that testing has been done and is consistent with ADHD
- The UCC will prescribe one month of medication pending receipt of the test report
What if I have not undergone psychological or educational testing?
In the absence of psychological or educational testing there are the following options:
- If a diagnosis was made by a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist or Pediatrician prior to 18 years of age:
- You should provide a summary of treatment recommendations from the provider at home who is prescribing the medication(s). All records should be provided to the Office of Student Care Coordination (OSCC).
- Written consent should be provided for the UCC provider to talk with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist/ Pediatrician to confirm the diagnosis.
- Written consent should be provided for the UCC provider to obtain developmental history from parent/ guardian.
- If not assessed by a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist or Pediatrician, the UCC offers a diagnostic evaluation* that requires approximately 2 hours of your time and the completion of rating scales by parents. There is a small charge for this screening. The screening assesses for ADHD, anxiety, and depression.
- If there is evidence for anxiety and/or depression you will be referred to one of our providers for a more in-depth assessment of the anxiety and/or depression to assess the impact upon attention/ concentration.
- When indicated, the recommendation will be that the you addresses the anxiety and/or depression at the UCC prior to consideration of stimulant medication for possible ADHD. This is based upon the recognition that both anxiety and depression may have a significant impact upon attention and concentration.
- If the UCC screening is definitive re: ADHD, you will be referred to one of our medical providers for treatment.
- If the UCC screening is suggestive of ADHD, but the diagnosis is not definitive, then we will proceed with full testing with our assessment psychologist. There is a fee associated with full testing. Full testing is a comprehensive evaluation that requires approximate 5 to 6 hours of a your time.
- Note that if you have financial needs, we will review the fee on an individual basis.