ADHD Medications & Evaluation Policy
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD) is treated commonly with medications regulated by the government. To ensure the safe and legal use of these medications the Health Center has established policies that regulate their prescribing.
For patients with a prior diagnosis of ADHD
Patients previously diagnosed with ADHD will need to provide the Health Center with a copy of all available records. This includes copies of:
- ADHD testing, assessments and evaluations
- Documentation of medications, including dosing
Sometimes other mental health concerns (e.g., depression, alcohol/substance abuse) can mimic the symptoms of ADHD. If you have received treatment for any mental health concern or substance abuse issue (currently or in the past), we will need a copy of those records as well.
If you do not have copies of these records, you should complete a release of information form. Then submit the form to your previous physician/counselor. Your previous provider will then send the information to the Health Center.
In order to allow adequate time to review the previous records, the Health Center requires the records be received at least ONE WEEK prior to your initial visit with a psychiatrist.
If your previous ADHD diagnosis cannot be confirmed after reviewing your past records and having an initial evaluation with your Health Center psychiatrist, it may be necessary for you to have a further evaluation outside of Health Center in order for us to prescribe medication.
Please note that having a previous ADHD diagnosis does not automatically mean you will be able to receive your medication from the Health Center. Decisions regarding treatment and medications are at the discretion of the Health Center psychiatrist. We cannot guarantee your Health Center psychiatrist will recommend the same medication or dose that you have previously been prescribed.
For patients with no prior diagnosis of ADHD
- An assessment must include comprehensive clinical interviews and other appropriate testing that may include the following:
- Estimates of cognitive ability
- Memory functioning
- Academic achievement
- ADHD rating scales or behavior checklists that include multiple reporters, computerized measures of attention, and assessments measuring the presence of other co-occurring problems, including mood disorders or anxiety concerns.
Please talk with your Health Center provider about what types of psychological testing will be considered comprehensive and adequate. It is suggest you check with your insurance carrier to determine if ADHD testing is covered.
After a review of written results of comprehensive testing/assessment, your psychiatrist may be able to start you on medication. Without such documentation, the psychiatrist will not start you on medication.
If you have questions about receiving testing for ADHD, contact
- Emily Crawford, PhD, Burrell Behavioral Health – 3401 Berrywood Dr., Suite 300, Columbia, MO 65201 – 573-777-8300.
- Robert Kline , PhD – 2412 Forum Blvd., Suite 201, Columbia, MO 65203 – 573-445-3903 or 573-445-3904.
(Bilingual services for Spanish-speaking clients available)
- Andy Knoop, PhD, MU Thompson Center – 205 Portland St., Columbia, MO 65211- 573-884-8335.
- Scheduling an Evaluation with MU Assessment and Consultation Clinic
For all patients being treated, or seeking treatment, for ADHD with stimulant medication
- You will be asked to sign a Contract for ADHD Management.
- The contract outlined the patient’s and Health Center’s specific responsibilities.
- Students seeking stimulant medication may also be required to have a physical exam and urine drug screen.
- Students on stimulant medication will be subject to random urine drug screens as requested by their provider.