Obtaining Medications for ADD/ADHD

Policy Updated July 2016

1. Can I be prescribed ADD/ADHD medications at Campus Health Service (CHS)?

All requests for ADD/ADHD medication services at Campus Health Service (CHS) are handled through Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS). However, at this time, due to limited appointment availability, the CAPS will NOT be able to process any NEW requests for ADHD medication treatment. Students currently being treated at CAPS will continue to be seen. Please check this website periodically for updated information on when we will be able to take new ADHD medication treatment requests.

2. Where can I find providers who can prescribe ADHD medications for me?

Many UA students utilize off-campus psychiatry and other behavioral health services for the treatment of ADD/ADHD. For those who need assistance in locating community providers for ongoing ADD/ADHD treatment, please contact a CAPS Clinical Care Coordinator by walking in during business hours or calling (520) 621-3334 for a list of options. There is no charge for this service. You may also walk in and request a Triage appointment to talk with a counselor who can review with you what your options are. There is a fee for Triage services.

3. What if I have never been tested and diagnosed, but I think I might have ADD/ADHD?

For those students who have never had psychological testing to diagnose ADD/ADHD, we are happy to provide referrals for off-campus psychologists who specialize in testing for ADD/ADHD and other learning disabilities. All students who need psychological testing to determine if they have ADD/ADHD are welcome to contact CAPS at (520) 621-3334 and ask to speak with a CAPS Clinical Care Coordinator, or come into Triage to see a triage counselor, who will provide assistance in identifying off-campus psychological testing providers.

4. What if I don’t want medication but would like counseling to address my ADD/ADHD symptoms?

Many UA students struggle with ADD/ADHD symptoms and choose to address these symptoms through counseling.  If you are interested in strategies aside from medication to deal with your ADD/ADHD concerns, these services are offered by CAPS, as well as other counselors in the community.

To get started, come to CAPS for a Triage Visit between the hours of 9am-4pm Monday through Friday.  At that time you will consult with a CAPS counselor about your needs and they will assist you in clarifying options and explaining next steps. For those who need assistance in locating community providers for ADD/ADHD counseling, please contact a CAPS Clinical Care Coordinator by walking in during business hours or calling (520) 621-3334 for a list of options.

Frequently Asked Questions about ADHD Medication:

1.       Can the CHS Pharmacy fill prescriptions for ADHD medications that were written by our doctor in a different city or state?

The CHS pharmacy can fill any VALID prescriptions, within 90 days of the date they were written.  State laws, insurance reimbursement rules and doctor discretion will determine if a prescription can be obtained for a 90-day supply or if only 30 days can be dispensed.

NOTE: Students cannot use health insurance for prescription coverage at CHS, UNLESS they have the AETNA Student Health Insurance Plan. The full cost of the medications will be charged for all other prescriptions filled and may not be reimbursed by your insurance company.

2.       Can we have the doctor at home send or fax a new prescription to the CHS pharmacy?

The CHS pharmacy CANNOT fill prescriptions mailed or faxed to them.  You can, however, send, or have the doctor send, the prescription to the student, who can then bring it to the CHS pharmacy to be filled.

3.       What if my child’s doctor has retired or can’t / won’t provide a new prescription?

Many University of Arizona students utilize off-campus psychiatry and other behavioral health services for the treatment of ADD/ADHD. A CAPS Clinical Care Coordinator can assist your student in finding an off campus provider.  There is no charge for this service.

4.       My student has never been tested or diagnosed, but might have ADD/ADHD?

Many factors can impact learning, concentration and focus.  A thorough evaluation and testing is needed to determine if ADHD is the issue, before ADHD medication treatment should be initiated.

All students who need psychological testing to determine if they have ADD/ADHD can contact a CAPS Clinical Care Coordinator, who will provide assistance in identifying off-campus psychological testing providers.