Psychiatric services are available for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) clients who may benefit from medication in addition to counseling. Students must be referred to a psychiatric provider by a member of the CAPS staff.
Psychiatric services are delivered online via Zoom at this time.
Am I eligible for Tele-Psychiatry Services at CAPS?
Individuals eligible for tele-psychiatry at CAPS must:
- Be enrolled full-time at Penn State University, University Park (exceptions for summer sessions may apply)
- Be located in Pennsylvania
- Have a stable internet connection
- Have access to a webcam
- Have a private location for attending scheduled appointments with no distractions. CAPS can work with you to identify a private space if you are not able to access one.
Not eligible? CAPS can still help you navigate to services that can meet your needs! Call us at (814) 863-0395.
What to Expect From Your First Visit
If a CAPS staff has referred you to one of our psychiatric providers, then you will be scheduled for an initial one-hour appointment. Prior to that appointment, you will be asked to complete a medical/psychiatric history form and a depression questionnaire. The appointment will consist of a diagnostic interview after which we will share with you our diagnostic impressions and recommendations. We will describe the risks and benefits of treatment. We expect you to ask questions and play an active part in making decisions about your treatment.
If You Are Prescribed Medication
If medication is initiated as part of your treatment plan, you will be scheduled for regular follow-up visits to determine how you are tolerating and responding to treatment. These visits average 20 minutes and occur approximately every 2-3 weeks until your symptoms improve and you are stabilized on medication. Meanwhile, you should pursue your psychotherapy at CAPS. Medication works best in combination with psychotherapy.
Psychiatric evaluation and follow-up visits are charged $30 per visit. Payment is expected at the time of the visit. CAPS will only bill United Healthcare - Student Resources for your appointments. If you have another insurance company, we will provide you with a billing statement that contains all the necessary information for you to submit to your insurance company.
Treatment for ADHD
ADHD is a developmental disorder that may persist into adulthood, thus requiring long-term care. Unfortunately CAPS does not have the resources to provide treatment for many students needing long-term treatment for ADHD or other mental disorders. CAPS does provide some short-term treatment which may include medication for students who are determined in the course of treatment at CAPS to suffer from ADHD.
Read more about options for Evaluation and Treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).