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Psychiatric Services

Fall 2020 Information

Please refer to our Services FAQ for more information about how COVID-19 has affected our operations for Fall 2020.

The Colonial Health Center (CHC) provides short-term psychiatric treatment and referral services to GW students. Services are provided primarily by telemedicine.  GW undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who are actively enrolled in at least one course are eligible for psychiatric services.

The psychiatrists and counselors in the CHC work closely together to provide mental health services for students.

Students should call the Psychiatric Case Manager at 202 994-1621 for scheduling psychiatric appointments, and for any questions regarding psychiatric services. Psychiatrists are available only by appointment. 

During your first appointment, one of our staff psychiatrists will complete a psychiatric assessment and provide diagnostic and treatment recommendations. If indicated, medications may be prescribed. Since our services are short-term, students are referred to community clinicians for ongoing treatment.

The initial appointment will be for 90 minutes. Please start the Check In process 30 minutes prior to the appointment time because you will be required to complete the symptom surveys. After the surveys are completed and reviewed by your psychiatrist, the psychiatrist will meet with you for up to 90 minutes.

Students who need refills will need to make an appointment with a CHC psychiatrist before refills will be written. 

Students taking DEA controlled substances, such as ADHD stimulants, will need to provide documentation of previous diagnosis and treatment before medications will be refilled. Please see the ADD/ADHD services information for details and required documentation.

Your use of CHC services is strictly confidential. All CHC records are confidential and are maintained in a paper chart until the file is closed and transferred to a digital format.

Your CHC records are completely separate from your academic and other student records. We will not release your mental health information to anyone outside the CHC without your written permission except in emergency situations (e.g., significant risk of imminent and substantial harm to yourself or others), as legally required (e.g., abuse or neglect of children or dependent adults, court orders), or as otherwise permitted by the D.C. Mental Health Information Act.

At your request and with your written permission and payment of an administrative fee, a copy of your treatment record can be sent to another treating clinician or to outside agencies for students undergoing security clearances.

Please be aware that any form of electronic communication (i.e., cell phone, fax, email) is not necessarily confidential.