Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in medications for mental health issues. Many family physicians also prescribe medications for mental health issues. Most psychiatrists provide medication management only, while a few also provide psychotherapy.
Smiley’s Clinic has family physicians who often are able to prescribe medications for depression and anxiety. They have access to a consulting psychiatrist. Uninsured Augsburg students are able to see these family physicians for a $5 co-pay.
Check your health insurance plan for a referral to a psychiatrist in your plan’s network. Please be aware that it is not uncommon to have a long wait for an appointment with a psychiatrist for an initial, non-urgent appointment. If your need is urgent, you may need to meet initially with a physician in your plan, who can facilitate a referral to a psychiatrist; or your plan may provide support in connecting you to a psychiatrist who has a current opening (call your insurance customer service number, and let them know you have an urgent need to see a psychiatrist). Acute Psychiatric Services can provide a short-term prescription for medications in an urgent situation (see below).
If you do not have insurance, several of the community clinics on the “Low Cost Health Care” portion of the Health Care page, as well as Smiley’s Clinic, have either psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse-practitioners, or general practitioners who able to prescribe medication for depression and anxiety, and will help you determine if a referral to a psychiatrist is necessary. Also, many of the clinics on the Counseling page have medications management available to people who are seeing a therapist at their clinic.
Clinics located near Augsburg:
Insurance or self-pay only:
University of Minnesota Medical Center – Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic 612-273-8700 (across the street from Augsburg, usually scheduling appointments about two months out)
Psych Recovery (Midway/St. Paul) 651-645-3115
Health Partners Riverside Clinic — Psychiatry 952-967-7175 (across the street from Augsburg; must have a long-term relationship with a Health Partners or Park Nicollet doctor who will make a referral).
Natalis Counseling and Psychology Solutions 651-379-5157 (Midway St. Paul)
Aspire Mental Health 651-789-0658 (Midway St. Paul)
Allina Health Mental Health — Abbott Northwestern Clinic 612-863-5327 Must be referred by a provider from an Allina hospital or clinic.
Health Counseling Services 612-436-0295 Psychiatric mental health nurses.
Partners in Resilience Henry Emmons MD Holistic psychiatric consultations, not necessarily ongoing care. Self-pay only.
Accessible to those without insurance:
Community-University Health Care Center 612-301-3433 2001 Bloomington Ave S (just past light rail station on Franklin Ave) Psychiatry and medications management. Sliding fee scale and insurance accepted. CUHCC Psychiatric Triage Helpline 612-301-0876 Walk-in psychiatric hours Monday – Friday 10-3
Acute Psychiatric Services – Hennepin County Medical Center 612-873-3161 In a psychiatric emergency, this center has psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses on staff who can get you started on psychiatric medication. Open 24 hours for emergency services. Insurance not necessary if Hennepin County resident but there may be a fee. (A payment schedule may be negotiated.) APS has a special “medications clinic” available 7:30am – 2pm (arrive early as appointments are first-come, first-served).
Urgent Care for Adult Mental Health (for Ramsey County residents only) 402 University Ave East, St. Paul Walk-Ins welcome M-F 8am-7pm; Saturday 11am-3pm