An innovative model at the Student Health Center (SHC) provides students with access to psychiatric medication services throughout their NYU career.
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.
ADHD Assessment and Treatment Guidelines
Thank you for requesting care at the NYU Counseling and Wellness Services. We would like to familiarize you with our guidelines for the assessment and treatment of students with ADHD.
If you have been diagnosed and treated with ADHD in childhood or adolescence, and wish to transfer your treatment to the Counseling and Wellness Services, we ask that you provide us with documentation supporting this diagnosis and previous treatment. Please obtain a referral letter from your psychiatrist or pediatrician with diagnosis, length of treatment, medications, co-morbid conditions, and/or a copy of your neuro-psychological evaluation. Kindly bring the documentation to your first meeting with the psychiatric provider. Please note that an empty medication bottle or copies of past prescriptions are not sufficient.
If you have no previous history of assessment or treatment, and are concerned that you may have symptoms of ADHD, our psychiatric providers will conduct a comprehensive evaluation. College students commonly experience trouble focusing, getting organized or completing work on time. This may be the result of adjustments to new learning demands and independent living, as well as anxiety, depression or other health issues. If the psychiatric provider determines that your symptoms fulfill criteria for ADHD or learning disorder, we will then refer you off campus for a more detailed neuro-psychological evaluation.
If the neuropsychological test confirms the diagnosis of ADHD, our psychiatric providers can help explore several treatment options. Stimulant medication is but one part of the overall treatment approach and is in itself rarely sufficient. We recommend that you also participate in our Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Group for students with ADHD.
In case you wish to apply for academic accommodations please contact the Moses Center for Student Accessibility.
If you prefer to seek services outside the Student Health Center, we can provide referral information for psychiatric treatment in the community.
Students interested in a psychiatric evaluation will first need to schedule a brief 15-minute phone screening with a counselor. The counselor will ask you a few questions to make sure you are being connected to the right provider.
To schedule a phone screening:
- Log in to the SHC Portal
- Click Appointments
- Select Counseling Phone Triage
Please note, psychiatric medication services are not available during Single Session Counseling. For assistance or to schedule by phone, call Counseling and Wellness Services at (212) 998-4780.
Psychiatric appointments are available in person and virtually. For virtual appointments, you can speak to your provider on Zoom or by phone.
Due to state licensing requirements, the SHC is only able to provide virtual appointments (telehealth) to students who are physically located in New York State at the time of the appointment. If you are located outside New York State, learn about your options.
If you have any questions at all, please call the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999.
Insurance and Billing
Students with NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance plans (Wellfleet) will have a maximum out of pocket expense of $20 per visit. The cost of care for students without NYU sponsored student health insurance 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.
Please see Insurance and Patient Accounts for more information on billing related to psychiatric care at the Student Health Center.
Counseling and Wellness Services at SHC has always offered free individual counseling (talk therapy) to NYU students; these services remain free of charge. Counseling is offered without charge on a short-term and single session basis at Counseling and Wellness Services.
In addition, Urgent Counseling 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 Urgent Counseling 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 can be reached at (212) 443-9999 or by chatting through the app anytime.
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 during regular business hours if you have questions about this model.