Psychiatry

An innovative model at the Student Health Center (SHC) provides students with access to psychiatric medication services throughout their NYU career. Students with the NYU sponsored health insurance plans (Consolidated Health Plans - CHP) will have a maximum out of pocket expense of $20 per visit. The cost of care for students without CHP will depend on their specific insurance policy. For assistance determining what this cost of care will be, please contact the Insurance Department at (212) 443-1020.

Counseling and Wellness Services at SHC has always offered free short-term counseling (talk therapy) to NYU students; these services remain free of charge.

Psychiatric medication services are available to all matriculated full-time and part-time students enrolled in a degree-granting program who require assessment and treatment with psychiatric medications. This applies to:

  • Students currently enrolled in short term psychotherapy (talk therapy) with NYU Counseling and Wellness Services
  • Students who currently are receiving psychiatric medication care in the community and wish to transfer their care to the new service at the Student Health Center
  • Students requiring a new initial psychiatric medication evaluation and ongoing care

In all cases, psychiatric professionals at the SHC will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for you and if your care can be managed appropriately at SHC.

Psychiatric professionals are available to conduct a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, which includes screening for ADHD symptoms. For more information about this process, see our ADHD Assessment and Treatment Guidelines

Students who wish to schedule an appointment for a psychiatric evaluation should call Counseling and Wellness Services at (212) 998-4780.

Insurance and Billing

Please see Insurance and Patient Accounts for more information on billing related to psychiatric care at the Student Health Center.

Short-term Counseling and Crisis Care

Short-term counseling (talk therapy) sessions at Counseling and Wellness Services are provided without charge. In addition, the Counseling Walk-In Service at SHC (Wellness Exchange) provides a safety net for students in crisis situations; same day counseling assessments and psychiatric (medication and assessment) services received through the Wellness Exchange will continue at no cost to students. However, medication prescriptions written by psychiatric professionals during walk-in hours at the Wellness Exchange will be limited to a 5-day supply to address urgent situations only. For continuous psychiatric care and medication management, students will be referred to the psychiatric services model described above, or to another provider in the community as requested. The Wellness Exchange is located in the SHC, on the 4th floor of 726 Broadway, and can be reached at (212) 443-9999.

We believe this initiative responds directly to feedback received from students and families asking the SHC to ensure that accessible and affordable psychiatric care is available at the SHC for any matriculated NYU student in need of these services. Please contact the Wellness Exchange at 212-443-9999 between the hours of 9am and 5pm Mondays through Friday if you have questions about this model.