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Psychiatric medication

Augustana students have access to medication services through the Robert Young Center at Unity Point Health from 1-3:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, with psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Bill Liebbe.

Students can expect a 60-minute initial intake session with 30-minute follow up sessions for medication management.

To schedule an appointment, call Unity Point at 309-779-2018. Make sure to mention that you are an Augustana College student, and you would like to schedule an appointment with Bill Liebbe.

You will be required to fill out some confidential paperwork and consent forms before your visit.

If you would like to discuss the process first with Augustana College Student Counseling Services, schedule a consultation appointment through Cheri Mizaur. Counseling Services can provide you with a private space to meet virtually, but you will have to notify the office ahead of time to prepare the space for you.

Note: Augustana counseling staff cannot recommend or discuss the costs, benefits, or side effects of psychotropic medication. Staff can only normalize the process and detail what to expect during the initial session.

Students may be required to provide urine or blood screens before being prescribed medication. Any necessary screens will be discussed during the intake session. Augustana recommends using the medical shuttle to arrive at these screening sites.

All psychiatric services are billed through a student’s private health insurance.

Psychotropic medication resources in Quad-Cities

There can be a significant wait time for an appointment with a psychiatrist (upwards of three to four months) in the Quad-Cites. As such, encourage students who are thinking about medication for mental health disorders are encouraged to contact a family practice doctor. Here are the two major health care systems in the area:

Genesis Health Find a Doctor

Unity Point Find a Doctor

Another major mental health agency in the Quad-Cities is Vera French, which provides psychiatric services and medication management for adults.

Note: The Augustana counseling staff is unqualified to determine if medication is appropriate for a student. Staff can discuss the process and help students access psychiatric services; however, staff will not persuade or dissuade a student from medication, and cannot talk about the merits and demerits of medication usage.