Mental Health Services provides limited access to a nurse practitioner for mental health concerns. The nurse practitioner has the ability to prescribe medication, as well as manage currently prescribed medication. However, students need to have an ongoing relationship with a counselor on staff and must be referred by that counselor to the nurse practitioner. Medication works best in conjunction with psychotherapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get an appointment with the nurse practitioner?
To get an appointment with the nurse practitioner your counselor must refer you.
Will the nurse practitioner know what I'm working on in counseling? Will my counselor know what I have discussed with the nurse practitioner?
Yes. Mental Health Services clinicians work together with the nurse practitioner to monitor progress and concerns of each student.
Is there any cost to meet with the nurse practitioner?
No. If you are currently enrolled, you are able to meet with the nurse practitioner for free. However, if you are prescribed a medication, it is your responsibility to cover that cost.
Will my parents find out?
All consultations with the nurse practitioner are confidential. The nurse practitioner will not release any information without your written consent. However, if you are prescribed a medication that requires your insurance to be billed, your parents may find out that way. If this is a concern, please address it with the nurse practitioner during your meeting.
Will I be able to get a prescription for ADHD or ADD through the nurse practitioner?
No. The nurse practitioner is unable to prescribe stimulant medication. Your counselor will be able to refer you to a physician if you have a diagnosis of ADHD or ADD, or to a psychologist for testing.