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Seeking your input on the Work Function Assessment Process

Friday, August 24, 2018  
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The APA Foundation Center for Workplace Mental Health is seeking your input on the Work Function Assessment Process

Psychiatrists are often called on to complete work function assessments for their patients seeking disability benefits. Many employers and disability claims’ administrators use multi-page forms that require psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners to share extensive treatment records and sensitive and confidential information, not all of which is necessary for a work function assessment.

In response, the APA Foundation and Center for Workplace Mental Health created a Work Function Assessment Form that streamlines the process while using a functional impairment scale that comprehensively identifies an employee’s ability to perform his or her job.  The form was developed in consultation with Dr. Paul Pendler, PsyD., EAP leader for a multinational corporation and R. Scott Benson, M.D., a private practice psychiatrist - both members of the Center for Workplace Mental Health Advisory Council.

Action requested: Please consider using the form in your practice and then completing a short survey to assist the Center in validating the Work Function Assessment Form.

Webinar to learn more: join this upcoming webinar: 

Title:                                      Improving the Work Function Assessment Process for

Employees with Mental Health Conditions


Presenters:                        Dr. Scott Benson and Dr. Paul Pendler


Date and Time:                 October 3rd from 3 – 4 p.m. ET

The webinar link is not yet available. For information on how to access the webinar, please contact Ewuria Darley, Associate Director, Center for Workplace Mental Health (ph.: 202-609-7087, email: Thank you.

More About the Center for Workplace Mental Health

The Center for Workplace Mental Health is a program of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, a subsidiary of the American Psychiatric Association. The Center works with businesses to ensure that employees and their families living with mental illness, including substance use disorders, receive effective care. It does so in recognition that employers purchase healthcare for millions of American workers and their families.

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