Patients may be seeking to use certain medications or refills of certain medications that were prescribed by a previous provider. On the initial appointment, we do an independent comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. If you have seen or are seeing a previous psychiatrist, therapist, psychologist, etc. we will likely request previous medical records to make an informed plan of care and to also coordinate care.
We care deeply about our patients and make sure that we are thorough in our assessment and treatment. We will prescribe a treatment plan that we see as the best fit for our patient’s success. If we prescribe medication, we will do so only with the patient’s consent.
It is possible that we may not prescribe the medication initially especially if the medication is a controlled substance (stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin, etc; benzodiazepines like Klonopin, Lorazepam, Valium, Xanax, etc.; other controlled substances like Lunesta and Ambien, etc.). For new patients, we will check the patient’s profile on CURES (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System) and have the right to recommend a patient to see another provider if we feel we cannot serve them.
If we do choose to prescribe such controlled medications, we request our patients to see our providers monthly to every three months depending on the treatment plan for proper medication management.