Psychiatric Services: Medical Evaluation and Monitoring
Psychiatric services are one of the treatment options available to Georgia State University students through the Counseling and Testing Center (CTC). The CTC has a number of part time psychiatrists on staff available to serve students.
If a student is new to Georgia State University or has not been seen at the CTC within the last six months, he/she will need to complete initial paperwork and make a consultation appointment with a clinician that will help the clinician recommend the needed services. If psychiatric services at the center are recommended, the student will be scheduled for a 50 minute initial assessment with a clinician. Afterwards, that clinician can make an appointment for the student with a psychiatrist. The first visit with the psychiatrist is usually an evaluation, which focuses on the reason for referral. During the evaluation, the psychiatrist will talk to the student about treatment recommendations and discuss a preliminary treatment plan. If the student agrees with the treatment plan, then a decision about ongoing treatment will be discussed. For some people, counseling (offered by CTC clinicians) and medication monitoring (offered by CTC psychiatrists) provides a complete and comprehensive system of treatment all under the same roof.
The best care is possible when the therapist and the prescribing practitioner have an ongoing working relationship used on the student’s behalf. If the student has a counselor or therapist outside of the CTC, then the student may need to have his/her medication needs addressed outside of the CTC by a provider recommended by his/her counselor or therapist. Students may also complete a release of information form, so that the CTC may contact their counselor to confirm current participation in counseling. The CTC occasionally follows students from Student Support Services and the Psychology Clinic who may not be participating in counseling services at the CTC. If this occurs, the CTC will work with the student to establish care with a community psychiatrist outside of the center.
Transferring Medication and Medication Monitoring at the CTC
More and more students are coming to the university already being treated with medications. The CTC would like to be able to assist students with their medications, but some preparation is needed to transfer care here.
Even though a student may be doing well on medications at present, CTC professional staff need to get to know the student and his/her counseling and psychiatric needs before assuming responsibility for prescribing or monitoring medication. This process starts with an initial consultation with a clinician. Some students will be referred for services within the CTC, while others may benefit most from the resources available with other providers in the community.
At the time of the initial evaluation, the student will be asked to sign a release of information form to obtain treatment records from his/her previous physician or therapist. The CTC will mail or fax this request promptly, but it may take several weeks to obtain the records, as this depends on the response time of the former physician or therapist. If a student has been formally evaluated for attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) or have other documentation (i.e. hospital discharge summaries, other psychological testing results etc.), the CTC will also ask the student to sign a release of information form in order to obtain copies for our records. Please keep in mind that all records must be reviewed prior to being accepted for medication monitoring.
If you are currently taking medication and are running low, you should call your former physician to ask for a prescription to be phoned to your local pharmacy. Let your physician know you are attempting to transferring your services to the CTC and request a four week supply of medication. If you are taking medication that cannot be called into a local pharmacy, mailing you a prescription may be an option.
Please note: the CTC cannot refill prescriptions written by other psychiatrists.