Psychiatry & ADHD Resources

CAPS Psychiatry

CAPS offers psychiatric care for a range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD.

Our psychiatric team is comprised of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and supporting staff. The team is committed to meeting the psychiatric needs of our student population with the highest quality of care.

Psychiatry services include psychiatric evaluations, consultations, and medication management. Medication may be recommended as a treatment option to address emotional health concerns that have a biological component. 

In most cases, students interested in a psychiatric medication evaluation must first meet with a CAPS clinician. An initial consult with a CAPS mental health clinician can be scheduled by calling 479-575-5276.

A referral can be made to CAPS psychiatry by one of the medical providers at the Primary Care Clinic located in the Pat Walker Health Center, or by a mental health provider, following a CAPS initial consult.

If you have any questions regarding psychiatric services, feel free to contact CAPS at 479-575-5276 for additional information.

Following an initial consult at CAPS, the clinician will discuss treatment options with the psychiatric team, who will then determine a client-focused plan to address a student’s psychiatric needs.  A CAPS representative will call the student to discuss the treatment options, and in some cases schedule an initial psychiatric evaluation for the student.

Typically, a student will arrive to their scheduled appointment, complete any required paperwork or assessments, meet with a psychiatrist, and if necessary, schedule a follow-up psychiatric appointment at the front desk. 

Initial psychiatric evaluations are scheduled for 60-minutes, while follow-up psychiatric appointments are scheduled for 30-minutes.  Students are asked to arrive early for their scheduled appointment time; students arriving late will have to reschedule their appointment in order to maintain the efficiency by which psychiatric services are scheduled.

Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to call if they know ahead of time they are unable to attend, or may arrive late to any psychiatric appointment. *Note: It is helpful for students to bring a list of their past and current medications to the initial psychiatric evaluation appointment.

NOTE: CAPS psychiatric services are available only for students registered at the University of Arkansas. If you have questions regarding psychiatric services, feel free to contact CAPS at 479-575-5276 for additional information.

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ADHD Information & Resources

Students with ADHD have two options to obtain treatment and resources they need to be successful at the University of Arkansas.

Due to limitations of psychiatric resources this fall semester, CAPS is unable to accept new ADHD patients currently. 

Option 1: Continue with current physician who is treating and prescribing medication.

If the treating physician is located out of town or state, you may arrange to meet with your doctor according to their protocol and your academic schedule.

Physicians can mail a prescription to the pharmacist at Walmart on Campus, who will hold the prescription for the student and fill according to the prescription and date. This prescription must be the original, on paper, not faxed, phoned in or e-mailed.

Walmart on Campus Pharmacy

616 Garland Avenue, Suite 363

Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479) 443-1658

Option 2: Provide assessment records of diagnostic testing for ADHD for review by a psychiatrist at CAPS.

You may fax assessment records of diagnostic testing for ADHD, which have been completed within the last 3 years. Please include your up-to-date contact information (name, phone, email and mailing address). Once records have been reviewed, you will be contacted by a CAPS clinician.

CAPS Psychiatry Fax: (479) 575-5705

Stimulant Medication Prescription Policy

ADHD FAQs

You can, if you want to and can provide the information that CAPS needs. CAPS will need a copy of recent diagnostic testing (i.e., within the last three years) from a mental health professional.

Fax assessment records of diagnostic testing for ADHD, no older than three years, with your up-to-date contact information (name, phone, email, and mailing address) to CAPS at (479) 575-5705.

Once records have been reviewed, you will be contacted.

Yes, you may if it is possible for you to schedule your appointments for a time that you will be home. Your doctor may have a preference about whether you continue to be seen there or if you should transfer your care to CAPS while you are a student. Contact your doctor’s office for further information.

If you plan to continue seeing your regular doctor but would like to pick up your prescription on campus, ask your doctor’s office to mail the prescription to:

Walmart on Campus Pharmacy

616 Garland Avenue, Suite 363 Fayetteville, AR 72701


Phone: (479) 443-1658

The prescription must be the paper original and cannot be received by fax, phone, or email.

You will need to provide a report containing comprehensive diagnostic testing results that were completed within the last three years and support a diagnosis of ADHD.

Comprehensive diagnostic testing includes self-report questionnaires, a clinical interview, questionnaires or interviews completed by parents or teachers, direct observation, assessment of cognitive functioning and/or academic achievement, and/or computer-based testing.

The testing must have been administered or supervised by a qualified mental health professional, such as an MD/DO, psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed examiner, or clinician under the close supervision of a qualified mental health professional. 

The results of the testing must be made available to CAPS for review. Fax assessment records of diagnostic testing for ADHD, no older than three years, with your up-to-date contact information (name, phone, email, and mailing address) to CAPS at (479) 575-5705. Once records have been reviewed, you will be contacted.

No, CAPS does not provide diagnostic testing for ADHD.

Testing by a mental health professional must have been completed within the last three years. 

No single assessment tool is sufficient to diagnose ADHD; comprehensive diagnostic testing includes self-report questionnaires, a clinical interview, questionnaires or interviews completed by parents or teachers, direct observation, assessment of cognitive functioning and/or academic achievement, and/or computer-based testing.

The testing must have been administered or supervised by a qualified mental health professional, such as an MD/DO, psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed examiner, or clinician under the close supervision of a qualified mental health professional.

The results of the testing must be made available to CAPS for review. Fax assessment records of diagnostic testing for ADHD, no older than three years, with your up-to-date contact information (name, phone, email, and mailing address) to CAPS at (479) 575-5705.

Once records have been reviewed, you will be contacted.

No, counseling is not a requirement to get ADHD medication through CAPS. However, a nurse or psychiatrist may recommend you attend a clinical consultation with a CAPS counselor if you are experiencing mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, academic difficulties, etc.

The short answer is: maybe. If you are also experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, or academic distress, you might benefit from coming to CAPS for an initial consult with a counselor. 

Sometimes symptoms of these concerns seem to be signs of ADHD but are not. After a clinical interview and assessment of your concerns, a CAPS clinician may recommend ADHD testing, counseling, psychiatric services for conditions other than ADHD, or a combination of these.

No. Most medications prescribed to treat ADHD are mild stimulants which will help anyone ignore distractions and maintain focus. Students with ADHD struggle with concentration problems and distractions to a significantly greater degree than students without ADHD, and stimulant medications are prescribed to assist them with school, work, and social difficulties they may experience. 

It is a felony to take a controlled substance such as ADHD medication if it is not prescribed to you. In addition, nearly all employers and graduate schools require that applicants disclose any past felonies and submit to a background check. Taking someone else’s medication so you can get in a few hours of studying or finish one paper is not worth your future career opportunities.

Please call CAPS at least five (5) business days before you run out of your medication to request a refill. Calling within only a few days of running out or after you run out may result in an unavoidable lapse in your medication.

You are also responsible for keeping appointments with your psychiatrist. Your prescription might not be refilled if you miss your appointment.

Students wishing to get their ADHD medication from CAPS must agree to Stimulant Medication Prescription policy prior; the health center reserves the right to deny further psychiatric services to anyone who violates this agreement.

No, only CAPS is authorized to allow refills on prescriptions for ADHD medication.

 

Once you are on a medication that works well for you, you will need to be seen once per semester. If you experience negative side effects or want to discuss your medication with your psychiatrist, you may make additional appointments.

 

Call CAPS immediately at (479) 575-5276 and ask to speak to the psychiatry nurse. Loss of your written prescription or medication may result in a lapse in your medication.

ADHD Testing

CAPS does not provide diagnostic testing for ADHD. For medical professionals who conduct diagnostic testing in Northwest Arkansas, see list below or call 479-575-5276.

111 Memorial Hall, 480 Campus Drive

Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479) 575-4258

118 E. Sunbridge Drive

Fayetteville, AR 72703

Phone: (479) 444-1400

2592 N. Gregg Avenue

Fayetteville, AR 72703

Phone: (479) 313-6333

601 W. Maple Avenue

Springdale, AR 72764

Phone: (479) 751-8992

86 W. Sunbridge Drive

Springdale, AR 72703

Phone: (479) 435-6360

204 N. East Avenue

Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479) 442-0763

 

Sam Wallace PhD, LPC

1845 Green Acres Road

Fayetteville, AR 72703

(479) 957-8546

www.midtown-counseling.com

 

118 E. Sunbridge Drive

Fayetteville, AR 72703

Phone: (479) 444-1400

118 E. Sunbridge Dr.

Fayetteville, AR 72703

479-444-1400 

Campus Accommodations

Students in need of accommodations should contact the Center for Educational Access (CEA). The CEA works with students on an individual basis to determine the provision of a reasonable accommodation based on the student’s disability.

Contact the CEA at (479) 575-3104 or ada@uark.edu. Visit their webpage at cea.uark.edu for additional information.