Incapacity Determination - PEP Step V
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Incapacity Determination - PEP Step V


Revised December 30, 2013


PEP Step V--Determining level of function of mentally impaired individuals in a work environment


WAC 388-447-0070Progressive evaluation process step V — How does the department determine the impact of a mental impairment on my ability to function in a work environment?

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WAC 388-447-0070

Effective January 1, 2014

WAC 388-447-0070 Progressive evaluation process step V — How does the department determine the impact of a mental impairment on my ability to function in a work environment?

If you have a mental impairment, we evaluate your cognitive and social functioning in a work setting. "Functioning" means your ability to perform typical tasks that would be required in a routine job setting and your ability to interact effectively while working.

  1. We evaluate cognitive and social functioning by assessing your ability to:
    1. Understand, remember, and persist in tasks by following very short and simple instructions.
    2. Understand, remember, and persist in tasks by following detailed instructions.
    3. Perform activities within a schedule, maintain regular attendance, and be punctual within customary tolerances without special supervision.
    4. Learn new tasks.
    5. Perform routine tasks without special supervision.
    6. Adapt to changes in a routine work setting.
    7. Make simple work-related decisions.
    8. Be aware of normal hazards and take appropriate precautions.
    9. Ask simple questions or request assistance.
    10. Communicate and perform effectively in a work setting.
    11. Complete a normal workday and workweek without interruptions from psychologically based symptoms.
    12. Set realistic goals and plan independently.
    13. Maintain appropriate behavior in a work setting.
  2. We approve incapacity when we have objective medical evidence that demonstrates you are:
    1. At least moderately impaired in your ability to understand, remember, and persist in tasks following simple instructions, and at least moderately limited in your ability to:
      1. Learn new tasks;
      2. Be aware of normal hazards and take appropriate precautions; and
      3. Perform routine tasks without undue supervision; or
    2. At least moderately impaired in your ability to understand, remember, and persist in tasks following complex instructions; and at least markedly limited in your ability to:
      1. Learn new tasks;
      2. Be aware of normal hazards and take appropriate precautions; and
      3. Perform routine tasks without undue supervision.
  3. We approve incapacity when you are moderately impaired in your ability to:
    1. Communicate and perform effectively in a work setting; and
    2. Markedly impaired in your ability to maintain appropriate behavior in a work setting.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.

CLARIFYING INFORMATION

  1. Cognitive and Social Factors:

Approvals at PEP step V based on cognitive and social factors are intended for individuals who are unable to perform the basic work functions necessary to learn the basic skills of a job, perform to an employer’s expectations, or behave in a manner acceptable in a work place.

 

2.Mental Status Examinations (MSE):

The purpose of a Mental Status Examination (MSE) is to assess the presence and extent of a person's mental impairment. The MSE may suggest specific areas for further testing or specific types of required tests. There are standardized and non-standardized Mental Status Examinations.

a.    A standardized MSE includes a series of specific questions designed to assess memory, thought process and content, perception, attention and concentration, judgment, intelligence, insight, and orientation. A standardized MSE should usually be given where psychotic or cognitive problems are indicated in the psychological/psychiatric evaluation. While the Folstein is the most common, many standardized MSE's are available.

b.    A non standardized MSE is not numerically rated and may be documented by indicating the degree to which a person is oriented (e.g. "O x 3" means a person is normal in the "three spheres" of time, place, and person - or fully oriented) along with more comprehensive observations including assessment of appearance, movement and behavior, affect, mood, speech, thought content and process, cognition, judgment, and insight.

c.    The MSE must be conducted by an authorized provider and included within the psychological/psychiatric evaluation or attached as an addendum.

d.  When used in conjunction with the evaluation, the MSE provides objective information, which should be consistent with the diagnoses and ratings contained in the psychological/psychiatric evaluation.

i.     If the ratings on the psychological/psychiatric evaluation are inconsistent with the MSE, contact the provider for clarification before proceeding.

         ii.    Some mental status exams use a numeric rating system. For    example, a score of 24 or more on the Folstein Mini Mental Status Examination is considered normal.

 


EXAMPLE

The cognitive ratings on the DSHS 13-865 are marked to indicate the client cannot follow simple one and two-step instructions. However, the client had no difficulty following instructions specifically developed to test this function - folding a piece of paper and placing it on the floor. Contact the provider and request clarification. The two pieces of information must be consistent to accurately reflect the status of the person being evaluated.


WORKER RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Ensure an objective MSE accompanies or is included with the psychological/psychiatric evaluation. 
  2. If the MSE is not consistent with the evaluation, obtain clarification from the provider.
Modification Date: December 30, 2013