Psychotropic Medication Policy
Prescription medications that fall into the category called psychotropic medications may be utilized only in accordance with the Psychotropic Medication Policy, a copy of which may be obtained at the Health Center. Psychotropic medications are a broad class of drugs that are typically used in the treatment of conditions such as attention deficit disorder, depression and anxiety. Included in this class of medications are stimulant medications (e.g., Ritalin, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Concerta) as well as antidepressants, tranquilizers and mood stabilizers. The Psychotropic Medication Policy includes the following points:
- No student should be taking psychotropic medication unless the prescribing physician has notified the Health Center in writing.
- All psychotropic medication must be brought to the Health Center. Being in possession of medication that has been brought from home and has not passed through the Health Center is a violation of this policy.
- Students may only be in possession of that amount of medication that has been dispensed to them by the Health Center.
- Medication that has been dispensed from the Health Center for use at a particular time but which has not been used at that time must be returned to the Health Center. Failure to return such medication is a violation of this policy
- Some medications, including short acting stimulants (e.g., Ritalin, Adderall) and narcotic pain medications (e.g., Vicodin, Percocet) may only be taken by students while in the Health Center. Students in possession of these medications outside of the Health Center without explicit permission from Health Center staff are in violation of this policy.
Noncompliance with the psychotropic medication policy will be considered a major rule violation. If you are unsure whether a medication falls under the Psychotropic Medication Policy, please contact the Health Center for clarification.
All Deerfield Academy students must be covered by health insurance. The school offers a Primary Health Insurance Plan for those students who are not already covered by a health insurance plan. For those families that want to augment their child’s coverage, the school offers a Secondary Health Insurance Plan. A pamphlet describing these plans is available from the Health Center.
The Health Center fee covers expenses associated with routine outpatient fees and with three days of inpatient care for each illness or injury requiring an inpatient stay. Charges will occur for additional services and are handled in the following way:
- Orthopedic equipment will be charged to the individual student’s account.
- Physician’s fees for laceration repair and for fracture care are billed to the student’s health insurance.
- Fees for transportation to medical appointments (such as doctor, dental and radiology) will be billed to students’ accounts through the Finance Office. Round-trips to the Greenfield area (including South Deerfield, Whately, and Turners Falls) are $15. Round-trips to Amherst, Northampton, Florence, Hadley, Hatfield, and Brattleboro are $30. Round trips to the Springfield area are $40. Round trips to Connecticut or Boston are $50-$100.
- If a student stays in the Health Center for three nights or less, there is no charge. The student’s health insurance will be billed for each night after the third night. A one-time physician charge for physician care after the third night will also be billed to the student’s health insurance.
- Services provided outside the Academy, such as laboratory services and x-ray services provided at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield are billed to the student’s health insurance.