Psychiatric Medication

Psychotropic medications can sometimes be helpful in treating long-standing, or even acute mental health issues. Students needing psychotropic medications may be able to obtain them at Campus Health. Your primary care provider can prescribe these medications in some cases, but often, a more thorough evaluation or assessment of an ongoing or complex situation will be referred to a a member of the CAPS psychiatry team for evaluation. In cases where the management of treatment is more complex or ongoing than our services can provide for, a referral to see a psychiatric provider in the community will be made.

Students Not Currently Taking Psychotropic Medications:

If you have never been on psychotropic medication, or were previously on medication that is no longer being prescribed for you and you believe that you may benefit from this form of treatment, you may come to CAPS Triage (no appointment needed, see Triage hours) to discuss this issue with the Triage counselor.

If the CAPS triage counselor, or another CAPS or Campus Health provider agrees that medications may be helpful, you will be referred for an evaluation appointment with a member of the CAPS psychiatry team.

He or she will talk with you to assess past history and current circumstances in order to determine whether medications may be helpful and, if so, which medications might be prescribed.

Students Currently Taking Psychotropic Medication That Was Not Prescribed By A Campus Health or CAPS Provider:

Follow the same procedure as above. Come in to talk with the Triage counselor about seeing a psychiatric provider for an evaluation so that they can assess whether we will be able to renew your prescription at CAPS.

Be aware that at busy times during the semester, it can take as long as three weeks to get in to see a CAPS psychiatric provider, so allow ample time – don’t wait until your medications are almost gone. Come in when you have a month’s supply left so that you have time to see the Triage counselor and a member of the CAPS psychiatry team before you run out of medication.

Please note: This process will go faster if you have records from your current/prior treating doctor BEFORE you see a member of the CAPS psychiatry team. The psychiatric provider will need to review why the medication was prescribed, your relevant medication history, (dosage changes, prior negative reactions, etc.) and the last dosage prescribed for you.