Psychiatric services at the CCSD are provided by two psychiatrists and an advanced practice nurse in psychiatry. They are trained to assess the psychological, biological and medical concerns of students suffering from a variety of conditions including Mood Disorders (e.g. Depression, Bipolar Disorder), Anxiety Disorders (e.g. Panic Attacks, Generalized Anxiety, OCD), Eating Disorders and Attention Disorders (e.g. ADHD). Many of these concerns are known to have biological components.
The psychiatric staff can help determine whether treatment with medications might be a useful adjunct to psychotherapy. If appropriate, they can prescribe and monitor the use of psychotropic medications for those students currently receiving psychological services through the CCSD. There is no fee for psychiatric services provided through the CCSD. However, students will be responsible for paying for any prescribed medications and/or laboratory tests ordered.
Appointments with the psychiatric staff are by referral from CCSD staff members only.
We are located at 209 Laurel Hall (the Student Health Center) and can be reached at 302-831-8992. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Eligibility for Services
The CCSD works on a short-term therapy model. Because the demand for services is high, eligibility for on-campus psychiatric services is limited primarily to those students who are in ongoing treatment with a CCSD therapist.
- If you are a current client receiving psychotherapy from the CCSD, your therapist may make the referral. You must continue regular counseling with your therapist in order to receive psychiatric services.
- If you are in therapy with an off-campus provider, we cannot provide your psychiatric care. We encourage you to speak with your therapist about options for psychiatric care in the community or call us for referrals.
- If you are not currently in treatment anywhere and would like to be seen at the CCSD, you must first schedule an initial consultation (assessment) with a CCSD therapist after which a referral for psychiatric services may be made.
In some cases students require longer-term, more intensive or more specialized psychiatric care than we can provide. In those cases we will refer you to appropriate services off-campus.
Options for students already taking medication
Increasingly, students are already taking psychotropic medications when they come to UD. If you are taking medication prescribed by a psychiatrist or other practitioner at home and would like to continue on medication while at school, there are several options:
- Continue to have your current doctor prescribe your medications. This will likely necessitate periodic visits home to meet with this doctor.
- Find a psychiatrist or other prescriber off-campus in the Newark or Wilmington area. Your current doctor may be able to assist you, or you can call the CCSD for a referral.
- Transfer your medication monitoring to the CCSD psychiatric staff. While we would like to assist as many students as we can, this option is only possible under certain conditions. Before we can assume responsibility for prescribing and/or monitoring your medication we must have access to past records of your psychiatric treatment. The psychiatric staff will then review your records and decide whether on-campus treatment is an option. This process must be completed prior to scheduling an initial evaluation with the CCSD psychiatric staff. To help facilitate the transfer of records to us, you may sign a release of information form at your current doctor’s office and have records faxed or mailed to:
Attn: Records Review
209 Laurel Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Please make arrangements to have your current provider continue your medications until you have completed your initial evaluation with the psychiatrist or advanced nurse practitioner at the CCSD and they have agreed to assume responsibility for your treatment.
Prescriptions refills are written during regularly scheduled follow-up visits. Students are responsible for determining whether their medication will last until their next appointment. If your prescription will run out prior to your next scheduled visit, please call the CCSD during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm) at 302-831-8992 to request a refill. A written prescription will be available within 24 hours or the next business day. Prescription refills will not be provided after hours or on weekends. In certain cases, you may be asked to make an appointment before a prescription refill is provided.
During the Fall, Winter and Spring semesters, a psychologist and psychiatrist are available for consultation and emergencies 24 hours a day. After hours, call the Student Health Service at 302-831- 2226, and they will contact the on-call therapist. In the case of a life-threatening emergency, call the University Police at 911 (from on-campus) or 302-831-2222 (from off-campus).
Medication for ADHD
Many students enter college already on medications for ADHD and wish to continue these medications while in college. Other students may be diagnosed with ADHD for the first time after starting college and wish to start medication. The CCSD psychiatrists and advanced practice nurse will prescribe medications for ADHD for students who provide the necessary information described in the “Center for Counseling and Student Development ADHD Documentation Guidelines.” Students must bring this documentation to their assessment interview with CCSD psychologist.
Prescription refills of stimulant medication prescribed for ADHD will be provided only during in-person monthly visits. This is in accordance with Delaware state law. Duplicate prescriptions for lost or stolen medication will not be provided.
While individual counseling through the Counseling Center is not an absolute requirement for those students being medicated for ADHD, in some cases it may be recommended. In addition, it is strongly recommended that students with ADHD explore and utilize the services of the Academic Enrichment Center to further enhance their college experience.