Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder that commonly presents initially during childhood and is characterized by developmentally atypical levels of inattention and/or hyperactive-impulsive behavior. For a person to be diagnosed with ADHD, symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactive-impulsive behavior must cause significant impairment in two or more major life activities, including interpersonal relations, educational or occupational goals, and/or cognitive or adaptive functioning.
There is no simple definitive test for the disorder, and there is significant geographic variation in the diagnosis. Treatment always includes behavioral strategies to improve functioning. In addition, medications may sometimes be helpful. Educational institutions may make accommodations for learning and testing.
The University Health Service (UHS) has adopted the following guidelines for students who request prescription medications for ADHD:
You will need to be evaluated before medications will be prescribed by a UHS physician, nurse practitioner, or psychiatrist. Evaluation includes comprehensive testing and assessment by trained professionals. Click here for a list of Evaluation service providers in Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse.
You must provide documentation of the diagnosis from the clinician who made the diagnosis. Minimally, documentation must be on letterhead that is dated, typed, and signed by a qualified physician, psychologist, or other qualified health care provider. Supporting documentation from a family member alone is insufficient.
Documentation must be in the form of an evaluation, treatment summary, and/or (neuro) psychological assessment supporting the diagnosis. Progress notes alone are not sufficient. The diagnostic report should, where appropriate, include:
NOTE: If documentation is insufficient to support the services requested, you must be evaluated to be considered for medication treatment by UHS health care providers. The evaluation includes comprehensive testing and assessment by trained professionals. Click here for a list of Evaluation service providers in Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse.
Submitting Documentation: Documentation should be sent to the UHS Medical Records Office by
If prescription medication is going to be prescribed by a UHS health care provider based on documentation of an ADHD diagnosis or based on the results of an evaluation that includes testing and assessment, you must sign the "UHS Controlled Medication Agreement."
This agreement can be reviewed and signed at the time of your first visit to UHS. The purpose of this agreement is to assure compliance with all applicable state and federal laws regarding controlled medications and to prevent misunderstandings about certain medications. Lost or stolen medications will not be replaced. Periodic urine drug screening may occur. Medications for ADHD are potentially lethal. Giving or selling medications to others is against the law and strictly forbidden.
Students seeking academic accommodations should contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and submit supporting documentation in accordance with the University of Rochester Equal Opportunity Policy. Students with ADHD often find Study Skills Counseling beneficial. CETL study skills counselors can provide assistance related to time management, test-taking strategies, and motivation. Additionally, CETL offers a 1-credit study skills course, Methods of Inquiry.