What to know about Psychiatry Services
Psychiatric evaluation and short-term follow up treatment options are available through SHAW Counseling.
- Psychiatry services are prioritized to students NOT currently prescribed psychotropic medication. If you are currently prescribed medication, SHAW can help you connect to community providers. All students utilizing SHAW Psychiatry services will be transitioned to community-based providers after short-term treatment.
- Students wishing to pursue a psychiatric evaluation should schedule an initial appointment by contacting us by phone (414) 229-7429.
Due to the national demand for psychiatry services and in order to prevent missed appointments, there is a $10.00 no–show fee for all missed psychiatry appointments. If it is necessary to change or cancel your appointment, please call SHAW Counseling, 414-229-7429, at least 24-hours in advance. Missed appointments without notification may prevent another student from receiving services.
- A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has specialized training in diagnosing and managing mental illness.
- A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner is master’s level nurse who has specialized training in diagnosing and managing mental illness.
- It is common for psychiatry providers to recommend psychotherapy, including individual or group therapy, in addition to medication.
- Many of the non-controlled medications commonly prescribed by psychiatry providers at SHAW Counseling are available at the SHAW dispensary for a fee. Alternatively, written prescriptions may be provided for students to take to a pharmacy of their choice.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):
ADHD is a common condition that can be managed in a wide variety of ways, through both medication and non-medication options. To be evaluated for stimulant medication treatment for ADHD through Counseling Services:
- Students must provide a copy of recent neuropsychological or neuropsychiatric testing confirming a diagnosis of ADHD. (Testing is not available at our center. Please call and speak to our case manager for a referral for testing.)
- Students must not already be prescribed medication for this condition.
- Medical evaluation, an EKG, and/or urine toxicology screens may be requested as part of your assessment.
Stimulants prescribed for ADHD have a high rate of diversion and are “Schedule II” controlled medications, meaning they have a high potential for abuse, a high incidence of physical or psychological dependence, and a recognized medical use. Schedule II drugs are only available by prescription and distribution is carefully controlled and monitored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).