Psychiatric Services

We are very fortunate at Rice to have the services of a consulting psychiatrist available on a regular basis through the Counseling Center. Because the psychiatrist's weekly hours here are limited and in considerable demand, we ask your cooperation in utilizing these services responsibly and fairly. The following are conditions for consultation and medication management by the Center's psychiatrist:

  • The services of a psychiatrist are auxiliary to the counseling, consultation and case management services provided by the Center's counselors and psychologists. Therefore, students who are not currently receiving counseling at the Rice Counseling Center and who request psychotropic medication are referred off-campus for this service. The professional staff will be glad to help students find appropriate resources for their needs.
  • Students who request psychiatric services must see a counselor first for an Intake session, and must have regular contact with their assigned counselor in order to be eligible for medication management by a Center's psychiatrist.
  • As mentioned above, the services of the psychiatrist are in high demand. It is essential that you call ahead of time if you must cancel and reschedule your appointment. Students who have a pattern of "no-show's" will be asked to seek psychiatric services elsewhere.
  • If a psychiatrist is managing your medication, be sure to schedule your appointments with your psychiatrist well in advance to ensure that you will have an adequate supply of medication. We discourage students from waiting until the last minute to have your medication renewed because the psychiatrist's schedules tends to be booked up a week or more in advance.

If you have questions about this policy, we urge you to discuss them with your assigned counselor or with Counseling Center Director.