WAC 388-449-0020

Effective June 1, 2012

WAC 388-449-0020 How does the department evaluate functional capacity for mental health impairments?

If you have a mental impairment, we evaluate ability to function in a work setting based on objective narrative clinical assessment from a medical professional as described in WAC 388-449-0010. We may also use other evidence as described in WAC 388-449-0010 . 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 with public contact.
    11. Communicate and perform effectively in a work setting with limited public contact.
    12. Complete a normal workday and workweek without interruptions from psychologically based symptoms.
    13. Set realistic goals and plan independently.
    14. Maintain appropriate behavior in a work setting.

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