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Medication Management of ADHD


General Information about ADHD Treatment at CAPS

CAPS promotes individualized, comprehensive treatment of ADHD. While medication treatment can provide many benefits, it may not be recommended for all students with an ADHD diagnosis. Psychological treatment to improve coping, stress management, and organizational skills is an important part of treatment that can provide long term benefits for those with ADHD and also can help to address symptoms that may not respond to medication treatment. For this reason, recommended treatment may include medication, individual therapy, ADHD coaching, group therapy, or a combination of these modalities depending upon symptom severity and individual areas of functional difficulty. Once care at CAPS is established, your provider(s) will work with you to determine an individualized treatment plan. If stimulant medication is included as part of your treatment plan, you will be asked to undergo a urine drug screen at least annually and to sign a Stimulant Medication Contract at the beginning of treatment. This is a PUSH-wide policy that is designed to promote student safety, since stimulant medications are controlled substances with a risk of abuse and dependence and can have serious adverse effects if combined with substances of abuse. Please call our office at 765-494-6995 if you have any questions about the above. We look forward to working with you.

Diagnosed after testing by a psychologist

If you have previously been diagnosed with and treated for ADHD with medication and wish to transfer medication management to CAPS psychiatric staff:

  • In order to provide comprehensive, evidence-based treatment of this condition, CAPS requires that psychological testing has been completed to establish the ADHD diagnosis. Students who wish to transfer medication management to CAPS psychiatric staff from an outside provider should bring a copy of their psychological testing report and any other supporting documentation (such as treatment records) as well as a completed CAPS Basic Information Form to the CAPS front desk in the Psychological Sciences Building (PSYC 1120). Within a week after you submit this information, a member of CAPS’ Psychological Testing Team will review it and contact you. Documentation review must occur prior to scheduling any psychiatric appointments at CAPS.
  • If after review documentation is felt to be adequate then you will be contacted so that you may schedule an initial appointment with a psychiatric provider.
  • If after review it is determined that the current documentation is insufficient to establish a diagnosis of ADHD for the purpose of establishing care at CAPS, you will be contacted to discuss additional options for further evaluation and treatment. These options may include:
    • Pursuing psychological testing through CAPS. Students who wish to pursue this option are asked to come in person to the CAPS front desk to fill out paperwork prior to scheduling a testing appointment.
    • Contacting your previous provider regarding providing additional documentation. In this case, the Psychological Testing Team member who reviewed the initial documentation can provide guidance about what additional documentation is needed.
    • Continuing treatment with your current provider.
    • Pursuing medication treatment through a local community provider.
  • Please note that summary letters, empty pill bottles, or previous prescriptions are not considered adequate documentation for the purposes of establishing care.

Diagnosed without testing by a psychologist

  • If you were diagnosed with ADHD by a provider without psychological testing, you have several options:
    • Pursuing psychological testing through CAPS. Students who wish to pursue this option are asked to come in person to the CAPS front desk to fill out paperwork prior to scheduling a testing appointment. You are encouraged to provide documentation from your provider indicating when and how you were diagnosed with ADHD.
    • Continuing treatment with your current provider.
    • Pursuing medication treatment through a local community provider.

No ADHD diagnosis

If you have not previously been diagnosed with ADHD but would like to be evaluated for this condition please come in person to the CAPS front desk in the Psychological Sciences Building (PSYC 1120) to fill out paperwork. Once this is completed an initial appointment will be scheduled with a member of CAPS’ Psychological Testing Team. Please note that CAPS requires that psychological testing has been completed to establish the ADHD diagnosis before medication treatment can be initiated.