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Psychiatric Services

As part of UWF Counseling and Psychological Services, Psychiatric Services provides psychiatric evaluations and psychiatric medication management for students.

Psychiatric Services provides care to UWF students in order to help them stay focused on pursuing their educational goals. We are staffed by a part-time psychiatrist and a full-time nurse practitioner. Our services are limited to UWF business hours. No psychiatric services are available after hours, on weekends, when the campus is closed, or on holidays. If you need immediate help during these times, please visit our Emergency Services or Local Area Services and Additional Resources page. 

Psychiatric Services Disclaimer

Due to the nature of college health, not all mental illnesses will be appropriate for treatment at UWF Psychiatric Services. In some cases, the complexity of certain illnesses requires the availability of services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This will be discussed between each individual student and his or her provider during the initial appointment.

UWF Psychiatric Services does not provide mandated court-ordered treatment, disability assessments or paperwork, ADD/ADHD psychological testing, or services for injectable psychiatric medications. We will be happy to help you coordinate these services with local providers. Please also see our Local Area Services and Additional Resources page for additional local and national resources.

Initial Psychiatric Appointment

On your first visit to Psychiatric Services, you will be asked to complete paperwork regarding your medical and psychiatric history. Once this paperwork is completed you will see your provider. Paperwork can take up to one hour to complete if you are coming in for the first time.

The initial appointment with the provider will be approximately 50 minutes in length. A complete psychiatric assessment will be done at this time. This will consist of a review of the current problem, psychiatric history, medical history, family medical and psychiatric history, alcohol and drug use history, and social history. Please bring any medications you are currently taking and a list of all previous psychiatric treatment providers with their addresses so that your records can be obtained.

A treatment plan will be developed with you at this initial visit. Successful treatment requires an active treatment approach to obtain the desired outcome.

Follow-up Appointments

Follow-up visits with your provider will be approximately 15-20 minutes in length. The focus of these visits will be to evaluate your response to the medication that has been prescribed. These services are available to you through your counselors and referrals will be made as needed.

Medication Refills

It is very important to keep your appointments so that you do not run out of medications. Medication refills will be done, if deemed necessary, by your treatment provider at your appointment time.

All medication refills, questions, or other concerns can be addressed by calling 850.474.2420. If after hours, please leave a detailed message. The Psychiatric Services staff will respond to your message within 24 hours during the work week. Weekend and holiday messages will be responded to on the next business day.