CAPS has a psychiatrist available for consultation on a one-day-per-week basis.
Students who are interested in medication treatment in conjunction with therapy can meet with a CAPS psychiatrist. You must currently be seeing a CAPS therapist to work with a CAPS psychiatrist. Our psychiatrist, in the process of getting to know you, will discuss the appropriateness of such medications. Sometimes, however, students for whom psychiatric consultation is appropriate may have to be referred to an off-campus provider if the psychiatrists’ limited availability does not allow the student a timely consultation, or if the student’s needs exceed the Service’s resources.
Psychiatrists stop seeing new patients well before the end of the semester to ensure they have enough time to fully assess students and monitor any new medications.
If you have been prescribed medication from an outside provider and need a refill, please reach out to your provider.
Students sometimes matriculate at the College with a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD and a prescription for a psychostimulant (e.g., Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse). When this is the case, we expect that medical oversight and prescription responsibility will be continued via the hometown physician.
Students also come to the College wondering if they have ADD/ADHD and whether they could benefit from treatment, including the use of medication. When this is the case, we at CAPS offer the student a consultation with our psychiatrist. Following a comprehensive evaluation, which includes psychological testing, the CAPS psychiatrist in conjunction with the student might decide to prescribe medication as part of a larger treatment strategy. Students, however, are referred to off-campus professionals for this required psychological testing. Some sliding scale or low-fee resources are available.