Documentation Guidelines for Psychiatric/Psychological Disabilities
Psychiatric and psychological disabilities include but are not limited to: Depressive Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, and Dissociative Disorders. A diagnosis by a licensed mental health professional (psychologist, psychiatrist, or a neurologist) is required and must include the diagnostician’s license number.
Documentation must include:
- A clear statement of the disability, including the DSM-IV diagnosis and a summary of present symptoms. This diagnosis should be based upon a comprehensive clinical interview including psychological testing (when such testing is clinically appropriate).
- A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis and a summary of evaluation results, including standardized or percentile scores.
- Medical information relating to the student’s needs to include the impact of medication on the student’s ability to meet the demands of postsecondary education.
- Suggestions of reasonable accommodations that might be appropriate at the postsecondary level. These recommendations must be supported by the diagnosis.