Transferring care to the SHC of previously established ADHD
To schedule your first visit for ADHD treatment at the Student Health Center, please call (205) 348-8262. Prior to coming to this appointment it is important that the student download and complete this ADHD History Form. You may also come by the Student Health Center to pick up the ADHD patient packet.
The SHC provides medication management services for students who have previously been diagnosed with ADHD and wish to transfer their care. Prior to an intake appointment being scheduled with the SHC, records of the prior psychological testing as well as records from the prescribing physician need to be received by the SHC. These records may be brought to the SHC, mailed to, or faxed to the SHC directly from the previous psychologist and medical provider. You will also want to download and complete the ADHD history form and return it to the clinic prior to your appointment.
Before scheduling an intake appointment, please call the SHC to make sure that the required information has been received.
ADHD Medication Management
The SHC seeks to provide the best very medical services in all areas that are consistent with our motto “student-friendly, student-focused and student first.” We want to maximize each student’s educational experience by optimizing the care that they receive for ADHD. This means that we do not want to just provide a monthly prescription for the minimally effective dose of a somewhat effective medication. Our goal is to work with each student to find the best dose of the right medication that is going to treat his or her ADHD-related symptoms at each time of the day. We take a holistic approach to treating this disorder because we realize that ADHD does not just affect the academic areas of a person’s life but affects almost every aspect of his or her life.
In order to provide the very best service, we may need to see each new patient with ADHD quite frequently at first to monitor both the positive effects and any potential adverse effects of medication. This also provides an opportunity for us to educate the student about this condition.
ADHD Medication Policies
Because ADHD is most commonly treated with medications that are legally controlled substances, we have established policies that regulate the prescribing of these medications. The purpose of these policies is to ensure the safe and legal use of these prescriptions. They also reflect laws that govern the use of these substances.
Here is a summary of our policies:
- The student must see a physician to obtain any controlled substance medication for ADD (AD/HD).
- Students will not possess a controlled substance without a legitimate prescription, or to give or sell these medications to others. This is not only illegal but also potentially very dangerous.
- By law, controlled substances prescriptions must be written and can be for only one month’s supply. They cannot be called to a pharmacy.
- Prescriptions will not be renewed earlier than 25 days from the previous prescription date.
- Students who do not keep their follow-up appointments will not be able to receive a renewed prescription until he or she makes a follow-up appointment.
- One time replacement policy for Lost/stolen/damaged prescriptions
- No refills of ADHD medications during evening or weekend clinics
- Monthly visits required until the dosage is stabilized
- Less frequent in-person visits may be authorized once dose stabilized but no less frequent than every 3 months
- Students who have previously been diagnosed with ADHD and are already being prescribed medication by an outside physician may transfer care of ADHD to the Student Health Center (SHC). However, documentation of previous diagnostic evaluation and records from previous treating physician must be received prior to medication being prescribed by SHC physicians.
- A urine drug screen (obtained only with the consent of the patient) may be required at the discretion of the physician.
- Students receiving stimulant prescriptions for AD/HD will be required to sign a contract outlining the SHC policies concerning such prescriptions each school year.
- Violation of the Student Health Center policies concerning controlled substances may result in termination of privileges of using the Student Health Center.
The full documentation of SHC policies for prescriptions of controlled substances is available upon request.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Evaluation at UA Psychology Clinic
The Student Health Center does not screen for ADHD but does partner with the UA Psychology Clinic. Appointments can be made at the Psychology Clinic at (205) 348-5000.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – commonly referred to as ADHD – is classified as a developmental disorder in that it has a childhood onset. It usually leads to impairment in several areas of life functioning. There are three types of ADHD: ADHD with a predominantly inattentive presentation, ADHD with a predominantly hyperactive/impulsive presentation, and ADHD with a combined presentation (inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive).
The UA Psychology Clinic’s ADHD evaluation for current or enrolling college students is comprised of multiple activities. These activities typically include: a clinical interview with the student, a brief interview with the student’s parent/guardian, review of reports from previous evaluations, review of educational records (e.g., transcripts, report cards), and completion of a variety of assessments. The actual assessment portion includes rating scales, attention performance measures, intellectual tests, and emotional screeners.
The typical Psychology Clinic evaluation of ADHD is conducted over two sessions, with each session lasting approximately three hours. The ADHD evaluation that is conducted at the Psychology Clinic is thorough and can be time consuming. The extensive nature of the evaluation was designed to provide the student with an accurate assessment of their difficulties, to make an accurate diagnosis, if indicated, and to make recommendations for addressing any identified problems/needs. Furthermore, the assessments that are included in this evaluation allow the evaluator to address non-ADHD factors that might be causing the problems that are impacting the student’s performance (e.g., a learning disorder or an emotional/health issue).
Some students who are diagnosed with ADHD will choose to seek accommodations through the UA Office of Disability Services (ODS). This evaluation is designed to meet all the criteria that are required by ODS for a student to be considered for academic accommodations and may meet requirements for other accommodation needs (e.g., GRE, pre-employment screenings).
Benefits to a thorough psychological evaluation:
• Increased accuracy in identifying problem areas and ways to address difficulties
• Ability to rule-out other issues that might be contributing to the attention difficulty
• Capacity to meet the psychological evaluation criteria that is required by ODS to be considered for academic accommodations
Student preparation and responsibilities:
• Meet your scheduled appointments and be on time
• Be open and honest during the evaluation process
• Put forth your best effort during all aspects of the evaluation
• Bring documents with you as requested by the evaluator (e.g., transcripts).
• Notify your parent/guardian of the probable need for their input by phone
If you have any questions about this evaluation process, please discuss with your physician/referring agent or the UA Psychology Clinic staff (205) 348-5000.