Psychiatric Disabilities

The following documentation must be provided. The report must be typed, signed by a qualified professional and submitted on official letterhead. Professionals providing documentation must include information concerning their credentials.

  1. The most recent assessment must be current and must state the last date of assessment. State the most recent date of assessment (or reassessment).
  2. The report must include a specific diagnosis using DSM-V or equivalent criteria.
  3. Include a review of pertinent history and the date of first diagnosis.
  4. Provide a description of the current symptoms, fluctuating conditions/symptoms, and prognosis.
  5. Summarize the assessment procedures used to make the psychiatric diagnosis.
  6. Provide medical information that should be considered in a college/university environment, including medication/therapeutic needs. It may be appropriate to state whether there are side effects of the prescribed medication that warrant accommodations, whether the student is still adjusting to the medication/treatment, and comment on efficacy of treatment. State whether there are crisis episodes associated with the diagnosis.
  7. State what substantial limitations to this student’s major life activities are indicated by the evaluation.
  8. Based on the information provided, offer specific suggestions for accommodations and an explanation as to why each accommodation is needed. If evaluative information to justify a specific accommodation is inadequate, additional evaluations may be required prior to accommodation approval.
  9. The results of other appropriate assessment measures to support a differential diagnosis, to rule out medical or other factors or to disentangle the psychiatric disability from co-existing disorders should be provided.

*Parents are not appropriate evaluators, even if they are otherwise qualified

*In lieu of the above guidelines, Disability Verification Forms are available in Word or PDF upon request from our office.

All documentation is confidential and should be submitted to:

Disability Services and Programs
University of Southern California
3601 Watt Way, GFS 120
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1692
(213) 740-0776
(213) 740-8216 Fax