Psychiatric Disabilities

Welcome

Michigan State University provides services and accommodations to persons with psychiatric disabilities for both academic and workplace settings. The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities fosters independence by helping students and employees harness appropriate strategies and resources for success. We look forward to maximizing your experience at MSU!

A psychiatric disability is a diagnosed mental illness or disorder that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as learning, or performing essential job functions. See the Psychiatric Disabilities Details page for more information about this disability category. Available services are based on a psychiatric evaluation and written certification of eligibility for accommodations. Individuals will work closely with Disability Specialists to develop academic, employment and personal success strategies. 

Getting Started with RCPD (MyProfile)

Log on to the MyProfile page with your MSU NetID and password to register with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. MyProfile provides online forms and initiates communication with a Disability Specialist.

Documentation

Documentation required to verify the condition and severity, includes completion of the Psychiatric Documentation form or provision of equivalent information to the RCPD by a medical professional with appropriate training and credentials.

After documentation of a disability has been provided and a needs assessment is completed, reasonable accommodations are determined. RCPD will provide a verification letter that includes: (a) verification of disability and status as a student or employee registered with the RCPD (b) an outline of reasonable accommodations.

Students will receive a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations letter, otherwise known as a VISA.

Employees will receive a Statement of Employee Accommodation Determination letter, otherwise known as a SEAD.

Confidentiality

RCPD adheres to strict standards of confidentiality in the management of student information. Since RCPD is the only holder of disability documentation, all disability-related documentation should be directed to RCPD (not other campus departments).

Requesting Accommodations

RCPD recognizes that accommodations may be required in order to assist individuals in maximizing their educational and workplace experience at MSU. While the university is required to provide reasonable accommodations, it is not required to change essential academic requirements or job functions.

Before Requesting Accommodations, students and employees must Identify and Register as a person with a disability and provide appropriate documentation of their disability to RCPD. Employees should refer to the Reasonable Accommodations Policy for University Applicants and Employees, for the procedure on requesting worksite accommodations.

Students and employees with a psychiatric disability may be eligible to receive the following accommodations facilitated by RCPD:

RCPD Specialists are committed to an active partnership with students and employees who make reasonable accommodation requests through our office. In the case you experience a disagreement regarding disability determination or appropriateness of accommodations, you may consider taking the steps outlined in our dispute resolution process.

Resources

Building Community

MSU provides many venues for collaboration and community building on disability issues. Please consider becoming involved in organizations including:

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have further questions that have not been answered on this page, please refer to the Psychiatric Disabilities FAQ.

Psychiatric Disabilities in the News:

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Expertise and Dedication Provides Leadership in Autism and Mental Health

The RCPD is going through a transition of our own as we warmly welcome Grace (Boyang) Tong as an ASD and Psychiatric Disability Specialist, and bid Kelsey Foote farewell as she takes on a new adventure in the field.
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No Boundaries: RCPD Students Engage Opportunity to Study Abroad

Hundreds of students at Michigan State set out on study abroad adventures across the globe every summer. Two of our very own RCPD students decided to share their experiences with us!
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Internships Open Doors for Career Opportunities

Three RCPD students are sharing stories from their career-enhancing summers.
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