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ADHD Medication Management

If you are currently being treated for ADHD, Student Health recommends you continue to have your care managed by your current prescribing provider.

If you would like to initiate stimulant medication for the treatment of ADHD at Student Health, you will need to submit appropriate documentation that meets either of the following guidelines:

  1. Letter from a Psychiatrist stating the ADHD diagnosis and summarizing the treatment plan. Additionally, a copy of the medical records (i.e., progress notes from the treating Psychiatrist) pertaining to the medication treatment of ADHD from the past 6-12 months. Documentation submitted from an out-of-state Psychiatrist will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


    2.Psychological Evaluation of ADHD. The evaluation must meet the criteria outlined below:

  • The evaluation should be completed within five (5) years.  
  • The evaluation must be conducted by a qualified, licensed professional. Qualified professionals include: psychologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, learning disabilities specialists.
  • The evaluation must include pertinent psychosocial history, a diagnostic interview, psychological assessment data, clinical interpretation, diagnoses and recommendations.
  • The evaluation must render a specific diagnosis of ADHD based on the DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria.
  • The evaluation should include assessment of the student's intellectual functioning, academic achievement, and test of sustained attention and impulsivity. The following assessments are recommended:
    • Intellectual Assessment – The evaluation must include either of the following intellectual assessments, complete with all subtests and standard scores reported. Appropriate measures include:     
      • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV)
      • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability (WJ-III or WJ-IV)
      • Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test
      • Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale (5th ed.)
      • Psychometrically-sound short forms of these tests are acceptable
    • Achievement – The evaluation must include either of the following comprehensive achievement batteries, complete with all subtests and standard scores reported. Appropriate measures include:
      • Weschler Individual Achievement Test – IV
      • Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-educational Battery – III: Tests of Achievement
      • Nelson-Denny Reading Test
      • Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests – Revised
      • Test of Written Language (TOWL-3)
      • Scholastic Abilities for Adults (SATA)
    • Continuous Performance Task – A continuous performance task is a test of attention that measures an individual's sustained attention and impulsivity. Appropriate measures may include:
      • Connors Continuous Performance Test-II (CPT-2 or 3)
      • Test of Variable Attention (TOVA)
      • Integrated Visual and Auditory Continuous Performance Test
      • Paced Auditory Serial Attention Test (PASAT)

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