ADHD Medical Waiver

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  1. Roger1234

    Roger1234 New Member

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    Requesting information on how to navigate the process to receive a medical waiver to enter the Naval Academy with mild ADHD treated by Concerta.

    Also looking for a referral to a veteran Naval psychiatrist familiar with the waiver process.

    Thanks in advance for any help you all can provide.
     
  2. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Where are you in the application process? If you are focusing on 2022, next cycle, start reading up on DODMERB website, DODMERB forum here on SAF, search ADHD on threads. You will submit medical info, including official diagnoses, treatment and outcomes. You may be asked for additional info. DODMERB will either Q or DQ you based on record. SA decides whether or not to waive.
    There are some stopped-taking-meds dates to research.
    Start researching, take copious notes, stay tuned for experienced posters.
     
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  3. Roger1234

    Roger1234 New Member

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    Thank you for your help.
     
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  4. elnavy

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    Roger1234, the current time frame for being off medications for USNA as well as the other service academies is at least two years. There are threads on here that have addressed this question for applicants who have been diagnosed but are not currently on meds as they no longer need them. So, if you can document that you are off the meds for two years before entering the SA, no need for a waiver. But, if you are still on the meds due to a "mild" dx, then that is altogether different. Good luck. Plenty of good info available as it relates to ADD and ADHD
     
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    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Elnavy nailed the key piece. Also if you ever had IEP for ADHD that will impact things.
     
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    @MabryPsyD may be the best person to help you find a psychiatrist to help with DoDMERB and the waiver process. Dr G. is army, so I do not know if he looks at the USNA forum. You may want to post in the DoDMERB forum for better results.
     
  7. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G. 5-Year Member

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    I'm not familiar with the naval waiver process. Sorry I couldn't help.
     
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    usna1985 10-Year Member

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    As someone above said, the key is that the candidate can function normally without meds. Normal generally means maintaining grades, etc. with no special accommodations, such as extra time or sitting in front of the class or an IEP. The reason, of course, is that the military can't guarantee that someone will have extra time, etc.

    There is a medical person in USNA admissions who should be able to tell you what the "standards" are in terms of time off meds, what type of performance without meds is required, etc. You might want to start (or have your child start) with that person, since there is no cost involved and it's direct from the source. And then discuss that with your child's personal physician. At the end of the day, it's most important that your child have whatever help he/she needs to excel, even if that means a DQ for a SA.
     
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