BCHS Student Behavioral Health Services
- Caryn Schmitz, Counselor
E-Mail: Caryn.Schmitz@bchs.edu, 901-572-2660
In an emergency or urgent situation, call the Baptist College front desk at 901-572-2468 for a Baptist student in need. UHS also has a provider on-call 24/7 at 901-541-5654.
- University Health Services is now available for Psychiatric services such as medication management, psychotherapy and emergency issues. UHS has a full-time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a part-time Psychiatrist on staff.
University Health Services is pleased to announce that Dr. Iverson Bell, Psychiatrist, is now available for Telepsychiatry services for BCHS Students. Telepsychiatry is the use of video conferencing, telecommunication and information technologies to provide behavioral health care. We use a system that is secure, confidential, and private. Its easy to connect and use for both the provider and the student.
Reasons to access Telepsychiatry Services:
- You are out of town and need to access behavioral health services.
- Your busy schedule prohibits you from accessing regular appointment times.
- You have an acute concern that you want to discuss and its after hours.
Its need to to establish yourself as a patient with Dr. Bell with an in-clinic initial visit. Dr. Bell will not be prescribing through a Telepsychiatry session, but upon review of your records (usually within 24 hours), he may be able to call in or mail prescriptions. To schedule a Telepsychiatry appointment, you can call Christa at 901-448-5064 or call Dr. Bell directly at 404-934-9465.
Frequently asked questions about ADD/ADHD.
1. I think I might have ADD/ADHD, what can I do to get medication and/or accommodations?
Official testing is required. This battery of tests must be performed by a qualified
professional such as a Psychologist. It is imperative that you have the correct testing to ensure
the most effective care.
We recommend the following options for testing.
a). First – check with your insurance company to see if the testing is covered and what providers are available to do the testing.
b). We recommend the University of Memphis. They will charge based on
a sliding scale fee
system. There will most likely be a waiting list.
University of Memphis: 901-678-2147
c). We also recommend Dr. David Goldstein. He may offer a discount and payment plans
David B. Goldstein, LPPHD
4646 Poplar Ave, Suite 413
Memphis, TN 38117
2. What if I was tested as a child or I was diagnosed with ADD/ADHD by my primary care provider?
You must be tested as an adult by a qualified mental health professional such as a Psychologist. The policy of University Health Services is to obtain the proper documentation before prescribing ADD/ADHD medication.
3. What if I have been tested and diagnosed with ADD/ADHD? How can I get medication and/or accommodations?
Contact Christa at University Health Services (UHS). She will schedule an appointment with a UHS mental health provider. You will be asked to provide the testing documentation. If you have been prescribed medication, you will need to provide medical records from the former prescriber. UHS has providers available Monday through Friday.
Christa Deiss at University Health Services: 901-448-5064
4. How do I request my medication refills?
Once you are on a stable dose of medication, you are required to schedule follow-up appointments every three months. You can contact Christa for refills or to schedule your appointment. If you request by e-mail, you must document the medication, dosage, how you are doing on the medication, and how are your sleep and appetite in your e-mail.
Christa Deiss at University Health Services: 901-448-5064, email@example.com
5. I think I may need a quiet environment or a private testing room because of my ADD/ADHD. How do I request this?
This diagnosis is considered a disability, so you can qualify to receive accommodations (disability services). Your mental health provider at UHS can help you determine what accommodations you might need. UHS will provide the required paperwork for you to take to the disability coordinator on the BCHS campus.
6. Why are there such strict guidelines about ADD/ADHD?
Most medications prescribed for ADD/ADHD are controlled substances, strictly regulated by state and federal law because of their potential for misuse, abuse and diversion. When prescribing controlled drugs on a regular basis, we must follow state laws regarding prescribing controlled substances. Our clinic policy is designed to protect your ability to access controlled substances and our ability to prescribe for you.
When receiving prescriptions for controlled drugs, you'll be required to sign a Controlled Substances Contract for UHS.
Contact Christa Deiss for any behavioral health questions or to schedule an appointment.
If you are a UTHSC student or employee, you may now schedule appointments, exchange messages with UHS staff, complete forms or surveys, check your financial account summary, or review/print immunizations through a secure online web-based portal using your NetID and password!
University Health Services
910 Madison Ave. Suite 922
Memphis, Tennessee 38163