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If you have not yet
been evaluated/diagnosed for ADHD:
Proper documentation with proof of an ADHD diagnosis and/or
treatment must be provided in order
to receive treatment at the RMU Counseling Center for Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The Counseling Center cannot provide ADHD
evaluations. Students are responsible
for contacting an off-campus provider to request an evaluation and testing.
If you have already been diagnosed:
Formal evaluation and diagnostic testing can often take several weeks or months
to arrange and complete, and this process may or may not be covered by health
insurance. Students should contact their
insurance carrier before beginning any psychological testing or evaluation.
Students who have been diagnosed with ADHD, and/or have
previously been prescribed medication to treat ADHD, must undergo a triage
assessment to initiate treatment at the Counseling Center.
To schedule a triage appointment at the Center, students may call
412-397-5900. At the initial
appointment, proper documentation of an ADHD diagnosis and any prior treatment
will be required. Appropriate
documentation includes all of the following from a previous provider:
- Results of psychological testing
- A summary of a clinical interview
- Any relevant neuropsychological testing results
- Medication history, including information about responses to medication and previous medication trials
- A signed statement by the provider
This information should be compiled by completing all forms in the ADHD Packet (listed below):
Prior Treatment Record
Release of Information - ADHD
ADHD Symptom Checklist *
ADHD Symptom Checklist - Significant Other Report *
Note that the ADHD Symptom Checklist - Significant Other Report should be completed by an individual of your choice (such as a partner or parent) who knows you well.
The completed ADHD Packet must be received by the Counseling Center prior to the scheduled
triage appointment. Following the triage
session, the student will be referred for an appointment with the psychiatrist
if appropriate. During the initial meeting
with the psychiatrist, the student will be asked to sign an agreement expressing
an understanding and willingness to abide by the RMU Counseling Center policies. Please print, sign, and bring this consent form with you to your initial meeting with the psychiatrist.
In instances where testing or documentation of ADHD is incomplete or
unavailable, a referral for an evaluation and formal diagnostic testing will be
required before a student meets with the psychiatrist and before any
psychostimulant prescriptions can be written. This may affect students who have
a childhood history of ADHD where medications have not recently been
prescribed, or for those whom medication management has been suggested in the
Many students elect to engage or continue in pharmacotherapy and/or medication
management services with a psychiatric or primary care provider (PCP) outside
of the university. Services with an
off-campus provider may or may not be covered by health insurance. Students should consult their insurance
carrier for referral options.
ADHD medication refills require seven (7) days notice, and are
never rewritten on nights or weekends. Students
are expected to plan ahead if they are running low on medication. There is a “no replacement” policy for lost or misplaced medications or prescriptions.
* ADHD Symptom Checklist copyright © 2003 World Health Organization. Reprinted with permission of WHO. All rights reserved.