Assessment of ADHD

In order to confirm your symptoms and obtain stimulant medication treatment (e.g., Adderall), physicians and psychiatrists are increasingly requiring formal psychological assessment (aka ‘testing’).  The outcome of the assessment process (given relevant, genuine symptoms) is a valid diagnosis of AD/HD according to criteria specified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).  If you are given such a diagnosis, your academic and social functioning may benefit from counseling and medication, as well as accommodations through the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

 

Where Do I Go?

Student Health Services has partnered with Pathways to provide ADHD screening, medication management and support services to those students with ADHD.

Agency/Individual

Payment Method

Phone Number

Location

Other Information

Community Counseling and Assessment Services (UMKC)

Cash, Poss Insurance

816-235-2725

Kansas City

Provides testing/documentation, currently experiencing long wait periods

Community Psychological Services (UMSL)

Cash, Poss Ins, Sliding Scale

314-516-5824

Saint Louis

Provides testing/documentation, predicted out of pocket expense is ~$500

Missouri State Learning Diagnostic Center (Dr. Steven Capps)

Cash, Poss Insurance

417-836-6539

Springfield

Provides testing/documentation, testing is out of pocket expense of $200

Pathways Community Behavioral Healthcare

Insurance

573-364-7551

Rolla

Provides testing/documentation, accepts most insurances, co-pay will apply

University of Missouri (Mizzou) Assessment & Consultation Clinic

Cash, Poss Ins.

573-882-5092

Columbia

Provides testing/documentation for disability services

 

What’s the Turn Around Time?

Expect at least 1 month between the time you call to set an appointment until the final diagnostic report is received.  The aforementioned sites experience an approximate 2 week waiting period (time delay between when you call to set an appointment and actually have the appointment) with report writing taking another 2 weeks (estimated) after testing is completed.

 

What Does It Cost?

Typical cost of assessment is around $500.00.  UMSL and Missouri State offer a sliding-fee-scale based on income (if you are dependent on your parent(s)’ taxes, the fee will be based on their income) and do not take insurance.  Mizzou takes insurance and offers a structured cash payment plan, but no fee scale.

 

 

What Happens?

Expect an intake (either by phone or written form), followed by 2 in-person, on-site sessions; Mizzou will conduct the second session by phone.  The first session generally last one-half day.  You will undergo a clinical interview, followed by a battery of tests.  Some tests are self-report (i.e.,  you complete them on your own like a course exam) with others administered to you (e.g., complete tasks while being observed, make verbal responses to prompts).  You may also be asked to provide educational or other records extending back to childhood.  The second, follow-up session last 1-2 hours and consists of reviewing the evaluation report (about 10 pages in length) and attending to any of your questions.

 

What Do I Do with My Report?

If you are given a diagnosis of AD/HD, you may benefit from medication, academic accommodations, and counseling.  You can present your report to:

ü  A ‘hometown’ physician or psychiatrist for possible stimulant medication.

ü  The Disability Support Services office in 203 Norwood Hall (573-341-6655; dss.mst.edu).  The director will review your report and determine any reasonable academic accommodations.

ü  Counseling (204 Norwood Hall; 573-341-4211; counsel.mst.edu) currently offers a support group for students diagnosed with AD/HD.