ADD/ADHD Medication Policy Students coming to campus with pre-existing diagnoses of ADD/ADHD will be expected to either continue to get their medications from their treatment provider at home, or to arrange to see someone in the local community for medication management. A list of referrals is available upon request.
Students who do not have a previous diagnosis but suspect they have ADD/ADHD and want assessment and treatment must get formally tested and treated, if appropriate, in the community.
Counseling and Psychological Services will only conduct an initial assessment and preliminary screening for the “likelihood” of ADD/ADHD. This does not constitute a formal diagnosis which involves a thorough neuropsychological assessment.
Counseling and Psychological Services or the Disability Resource Center will assist these students by providing referrals to local practitioners in the off-campus community for neuropsychological evaluation.
The cost of the evaluation will be the student’s responsibility, but Counseling and Psychological Services will help facilitate this referral and provide lower-cost options.
Counseling and Psychological Services will always offer services that can be provided at Cabrini. The office assists students with ADHD by teaching organizational skills, impulse-control strategies, mindfulness, focusing, etc. The Center for Teaching & Learning and Disability Resource Center are helpful campus resources available for these students.
In summary, Cabrini College will not provide prescriptions for medication for students with ADD/ADHD. In the event that a student has ADD/ADHD in combination with another diagnosis, a consulting psychiatrist can provide medication, but not until the office has appropriate written documentation of a formal diagnosis.
If the student is receiving services through the Disability Resource Center, that is acceptable documentation.
It is also the policy of Counseling and Psychological Services that any student using the psychiatric services of Counseling and Psychological Services must be a client of the center and be an active participant in talk therapy. If a student discontinues psychotherapy and/or has inconsistent attendance, they will not be permitted to continue to see the psychiatrist.
Widener University Neuropsychology Assessment Center 2129 Providence Avenue Chester, PA 19013 610-499-4273 www.widener.edu/nac No insurance accepted, affordable rates
UPenn ADHD & Treatment Research Program 3535 Market Street, 2nd Floor Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-573-1159 www.pennhealth.com Accepts insurance to partially cover cost of evaluation
Psychological Services Center, PCOM 4190 City Avenue, Suite 530 Philadelphia, PA 19131 215-871-6487 www.pcom.edu No insurance accepted, affordable rates on a sliding scale
Counseling and Psychological Services can also facilitate other appropriate referrals as needed.