Psychiatric Consultation

Psychiatric Services

There are psychiatrists on staff at SCS as well as therapists. If, as a result of your intake appointment or SCS therapy appointment, it is decided that the you will meet with an SCS psychiatrist, the therapist seen during the intake appointment or the your therapist will help to schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist.  The psychiatrist will monitor your medical case. In some cases, you may be referred out for long-term psychiatric care.

Medication Management

SCS psychiatrists can assess your needs for psychiatric medication.  If you're prescribed medication, the psychiatrist will monitor your case on a short-term basis. In some cases, if it makes clinical sense, SCS will offer longer-term medication management throughout your University career.

Medication Refill Policy

When meeting with your psychiatrist, it is important that you have a discussion about prescription refills.  If you find yourself in need of a prescription refill between appointments (which typically would not happen if you have discussed refills in your prior appointment), you should contact your psychiatrist by email (preferred)  or phone at least one week before you run out of medication. Please be aware that refill requests may take up to three business days to process.

If you are unable to reach your SCS psychiatrist or learn that he/she is unavailable for the week, you may contact the psychiatrist on-call at (773) 702-9800 between 8:30 AM and 5 PM, Monday-Friday. 

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to raise them with your psychiatrist.  Also, in order to ensure appropriate and correct prescriptions, SCS psychiatrists will not respond to refill requests from pharmacies without direct communication from you.

What to expect…in the consultation

  • The first appointment with a psychiatrist is an evaluation; on occasion more than one appointment is needed for the evaluation to be completed
  • Once the evaluation is completed, a diagnostic impression and treatment recommendations will be made and will be discussed with the student.
  • The initial appointment will last up to 45 minutes; follow up appointments will last up to 30 minutes.

What to expect…in the followup

  • If you agree to begin treatment, follow up appointments will be made to assess the progress.  Initially the appointments will take place more frequently, but over time as the situation improves and stabilizes, the appointments will be less frequent.
  • Depending on the circumstances, you will be treated by the same psychiatrist over time or will see more than one psychiatrist over time.
  • You may be treated at SCS on a long-term basis.  Alternatively, if deemed appropriate, you may be referred to a private psychiatrist for ongoing treatment.