Psychiatry Changes for 20-21 Academic Year

September 09, 2020

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, psychiatric services at UCSC Student Health Services have changed. Here are the requirements for receiving psychiatric services this academic year.

Eligibility: You must be enrolled in classes to be eligible for services.

COVID-19 Precautions: All scheduled visits will be via telephone or Zoom (telepsychiatry). Currently there are no in-person visits.

Residence: If you don't live in Santa Cruz County, you can receive care with telepsychiatry, if telepsychiatry is the appropriate level of care.

Level of care: Telepsychiatry may not be provided for diagnostic and safety reasons if if you don't live in Santa Cruz County AND you aren't responding to treatment OR you have a condition that requires a higher level of care. Treatment by a local provider will be strongly recommended.

Cost: Psychiatric services have a fee this year. An initial psychiatric evaluation will cost $75. Follow-up psychiatric visits will cost $25.

  • If you have UC SHIP, the charges will be billed to UC SHIP. No co-pay is required.
  • If you don't have UC SHIP, the charges will be billed to your student account. We can give you documentation for your health insurance company on request.
  • If the fees are an obstacle to getting psychiatric services, a case manager will connect you to Slug Support for possible financial support.
ADHD: Initiation and continuation of prior treatment for ADHD depends on review of your symptoms, clinical history, and previous testing. You will need a diagnosis from an outside provider before you can receive ADHD services at UCSC Psychiatry. Psychological testing for ADHD is not available at UCSC.