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.
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:
- Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders
- Major Affective Disorders: Clinical Depression, Bipolar, etc.
- Chronic Eating Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders: ADD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Dissociative Disorders
- Mental Disorders secondary to a medical condition
- Personality Disorders
- Substance abuse or alcoholism
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
- A brief description of the condition.
- Assessment of the severity of current symptoms and of the chronicity of the disability.
- A brief assessment of the history/current status of the disability, including medications and treatments.
- A description of accommodations provided in the past.
- Accommodations recommended to address specific functional limitations.
- Additional information that may be useful in providing appropriate and effective accommodations at the post-secondary level.
- The diagnostician's name, title, address, phone number and signature