Q1. The student has been seeing me for individual therapy and has been receiving prescribed psychotropic medications by a psychiatrist in our home town. What do I have to do so that his/her mental health treatment continues when they are attending SUNY Buffalo State?
If they are already seeing you regularly in your hometown, you should maintain the established relationship and make sure that you continue to monitor or determine the plan of care when the student leaves home for college. Most students maintain their periodic medication follow-up appointment with their hometown physicians. It is important since psychiatric services are limited at The Counseling Center and only available if the student is seeking individual therapy at The Counseling Center
We highly recommend that students talk with you regarding their treatment needs and plan of care when they are away at college. If ongoing psychotherapy is needed, then both student and therapist should contact The Counseling Center, before beginning the semester, to discuss treatment needs and plan. If more intensive care is needed, The Counseling Center would help with off campus community referrals. It is important that there is a plan in place before your client goes to college during the first semester. It would not be beneficial if they stop therapy or medications in a new place.
Q2. My client is out of prescribed psychotropic medications that they had taken with them to college. Can the student receive emergency refills at TCC services?
Our psychiatrist will not prescribe medications to a student with whom they do not have an established relationship and who has not sought individual therapy services at The Counseling Center. Depending on the time of the semester, the wait to see a psychiatrist will be longer than usual. Thererefore, the best option for a student running out of medication is to have his/her prescription renewed by the prescribing psychiatrist/physician at home and let the parents or family member send it to their child. If an emergency refill is needed our student can go to Erie County Medical Center - Outpatient Treatment Services (Adult, Child & Family): (716) 898-3255; Emergencies Only: (716) 898-3465.
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