Psychiatric Services and Medication Management

CMHC psychiatrists provide psychiatric evaluation and recommend treatment. If medications are recommended, the psychiatrists can treat a student for up to four appointments, which usually occur throughout the remainder of the semester during which the student was evaluated. CMHC also offers off-campus referral assistance to students who require further psychiatric treatment.

CMHC psychiatrists do not provide intramuscular (IM) or intravenous (IV) medications, Ketamine, Buprenorphine, opiate replacement, benzodiazepines, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), stimulants for ADHD without psychological testing within the past three years, or letters of support for emotional support animals (ESA).


To meet with a CMHC psychiatrist, a student must either:

  • Be referred by a therapist/counselor with whom they are currently meeting or be referred by a medical provider.
  • Complete the intake process with the Brief Assessment and Referral Team.

CMHC Psychiatric Staff

  • A small team of full-time psychiatrists, board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
  • When appropriate, trainees that include a psychiatric resident, child psychiatry fellow and/or psychiatric nurse practitioner student, -- all supervised by a CMHC psychiatrist.
  • A psychiatric nurse who provides nursing care, schedules appointments, facilitates communication between the student and their psychiatrist, and assists with referrals.

What to Expect During Your Initial Meeting with a Psychiatrist

  • Courteous and professional treatment. CMHC psychiatrists are sensitive to your personal issues, and the information discussed at visits is confidential to the extent permitted by law.
  • Psychiatric evaluation. Initial visits usually last an hour, and entail questions designed to get to know you, your history, and your symptoms. In most cases, treatment recommendations will be discussed. The psychiatrist will determine whether your needs are within the scope of CMHC services. If they fall beyond our service scope, an off-campus referral may be made.
  • Follow-ups for medication monitoring. If the psychiatrist prescribes medication, they will ask you to schedule a follow-up appointment to assess its effectiveness.
  • Recommendation for combination of services. Most students taking psychiatric medications benefit from concurrent group and/or individual counseling, and the psychiatrist will likely recommend counseling for you. It is important to follow treatment recommendations.
  • Charges. Each psychiatric visit charge is $10. There is a $25 charge for missed appointments and cancellations made less than 24 hours before the appointment. CMHC does not accept health insurance.

How to Communicate With Your Psychiatrist or the Psychiatric Nurse

Secure Messaging
Visit the MyUHS/CMHC portal where you can communicate securely and confidentially with your psychiatrist or the psychiatric nurse or receive lab results or messages from your psychiatrist. Make sure your correct email address is listed within the UT Austin directory. CMHC staff cannot respond to regular email messages, as email is not a secure method of communication.

Additional Topics

Why some students are referred to off-campus psychiatrists

CMHC serves the entire UT Austin student community, but there are limitations on the availability of our services. We design our assessment and screening systems to determine whether a student's needs match the services that CMHC can provide. When a student requires treatment beyond what CMHC psychiatrists provide (e.g., frequent, long-term appointments or specialized services), we work with the student to facilitate a referral to an off-campus provider.

If you have never taken psychiatric medication but think it might be helpful

  • Call the CMHC’s Brief Assessment and Referral Team at 512-471-3515, option #3, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to discuss treatment options, including a possible referral to a physician to explore medication.
  • If you see a CMHC counselor and want to consider medication, discuss this at your next appointment.
  • If you see a non-CMHC therapist/counselor, discuss referral options with them, as they best know your needs.

If you currently take psychiatric medication and want to transfer your care to a physician at UT Austin

  • It is generally helpful to continue your relationship with your current prescribing medical provider, if possible, because they have an established treatment relationship with you. If necessary and depending upon your circumstances, University Health Services physicians or CMHC psychiatrists may be able to assist you.
  • Begin the process early. If you cannot continue working with your current prescribing provider, know that transferring care to a new physician can take time.
  • Don’t wait until you are almost out of medication. Students who delay initiating the transfer of their care often must request additional refills from their current prescribing physician. Call the CMHC’s Brief Assessment and Referral Team at 512-471-3515, option #3, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to complete a screening.
  • An appointment is typically scheduled in two weeks to allow time for you to sign a release of information form, which allows CMHC to request your treatment records from your previous provider(s) and/or therapist(s).
  • If you will run out of medication before your appointment with a UT Austin physician, call your prescribing provider to request that a prescription for additional medication be phoned to a local pharmacy. A four-week supply usually provides adequate time for CMHC to obtain your treatment records, complete the evaluation process, and provide recommendations.
  • You may choose to fill your prescription at the pharmacy of your choice. See our pharmacy resources page for more information.
  • If, by law, your prescription cannot be phoned in to a pharmacy, ask your prescribing provider if they will mail your prescription to you.

Related Links