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PsychIATRIC Disability

Students, faculty or staff who have, or suspect they have, a psychiatric disability are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Office of Disability Services to discuss their needs and begin the process of getting needed accommodations or supports. Your own description along with information/documentation about your condition from a licensed clinician will help determine what is needed. If you have not sought treatment or do not have a diagnosis, we will work with you in the interim and help you to move ahead with the process. If you currently have a therapist or psychiatrist, please give them a copy of these guidelines so that they can provide the essential information to the Office of Disability Services.

Note: Disability Services does not have access to information you provided to Counseling Services or Health Services. You must make a formal request and sign a release in order for them to send it to us.

Criteria

Diagnosis

A psychiatric disability should meet the criteria for a DSM-V diagnosis, excluding Adjustment Disorders and Other Conditions that May Be A Focus of Clinical Attention (V Codes). Most typical diagnoses would include:

Severity

Documentation must include information on how the psychiatric disorder and/or related medications and treatments interfere or limit any major life activity including participation in courses, programs, services or activities of the college.

Information to be provided by diagnostician