Psychiatric Services: Medical Evaluation and Monitoring
Psychiatric services are one of the treatment options available to you as a Georgia State University student through the Counseling and Testing Center (CTC). The CTC has a number of part time psychiatrists on staff available to serve you.
If you are new to Georgia State University or have not been seen at the CTC within the last six months, you will need to complete initial paperwork and make a consultation appointment with a clinician that will help the clinician recommend the services you need. If psychiatric services at the center are recommended, you will be scheduled for a 50 minute initial assessment with a clinician. Afterwards, that clinician can make an appointment with a psychiatrist for you. Your first visit with the psychiatrist is usually an evaluation, which focuses on why you were referred. During the evaluation, the psychiatrist will talk to you about treatment recommendations and discuss a preliminary treatment plan. If you agree 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 your therapist and your prescribing practitioner have an ongoing working relationship that is then put to use on your behalf. If your counselor or therapist is outside of the CTC, then you may need to have your medication needs addressed outside of the CTC by a provider recommended by your counselor or therapist. You can also complete a release of information form, so that the CTC may contact your 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 you 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 you with your medications, but some preparation is needed to transfer your care here.
Even though you may be doing well on medications at present, CTC professional staff need to get to know you and your counseling and psychiatric needs before assuming responsibility for prescribing or monitoring your 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, you will be asked to sign a release of information form to obtain your treatment records from your 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 your former physician or therapist. If you have 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 you 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 running low on your medication, you should call your former physician to ask for a prescription to be phoned to your local pharmacy. Let your physician know you are looking into 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.