Psychiatric Services through Counseling Services

To provide students with medications to manage psychological disorders and related symptoms, Health & Counseling employes a part-time psychiatric nurse practitioner.  Our current provider is Lauren O'Meal, NPP, who practices out of the Counseling Services office two days per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) during the fall and spring semesters only (Lauren is not available over summers and other college breaks). Because Lauren's time on campus is limited, students must first be evaluated by a counselor in our office, who will then determine whether a referral to Lauren is appropriate.  To schedule an initial appointment with a counselor, please call Counseling Services at 585-245-5716.

For additional information about receiving psychiatric services through Health & Counseling, please review this Psychiatric Services: Important Information brochure.

An Important Note Concerning Medications Commonly Used to Treat AD/HD:  
Health & Counseling has implemented a NEW policy for the Fall 2014 semester
which will apply to ALL students who use these medications.

If you take/have taken one of the medications commonly used to treat AD/HD (e.g., Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse, Concerta, Strattera), please be advised that per our policy and consistent with standards of practice in college student health, Health & Counseling will no longer prescribe these medications or any similar medicines used to treat AD/HD.

If you currently take one of these medications and plan to continue while you are in college, you will need to make arrangements to maintain your prescription without interruption. We offer the following recommendations:

  1. Speak to your current prescribing health care provider. Your provider may be able to mail you prescriptions while you are at school, or you may be able to arrange for a family member to pick up prescriptions and mail them to you. Please be advised that if your provider is a pediatrician, you may have to arrange for a referral to a new provider prior to coming to Geneseo in the fall. (Working with a psychiatrist is ideal, but you may also choose to have your medication prescribed by a primary care physician back home.)
  2. Make a plan for seeking psychiatric care closer to campus. If you decide to pursue this option, please be advised that there are NO psychiatrists in Geneseo or the neighboring towns, so you will need to have access to a car so that you can meet with a local psychiatrist, most of whom are in the Rochester area. You can find a list of psychiatric referrals on the Health & Counseling web site at go.geneseo.edu/localcounseling.

We hope that this information is helpful to you.  Please feel free to call our office at 585-245-5716 if you have questions.