Mental Health Disability: A Model for Assessment

  • Liza H. Gold


Individuals who file claims for mental health disability benefits require medical documentation to support their claims. The level of training of the evaluating mental health professional and the relationship with the claimant vary depending on the type of disability evaluation and the orientation of the mental health clinician’s practice. Regardless, mental health disability evaluators should consider developing a narrative case formulation to assist them in answering the frequently asked questions associated with any type of mental health disability evaluation. A claimant’s documentation requirements may not include the provision of a case formulation. Nevertheless, mental health professionals are better able to address the questions they are asked to answer if they can construct a case formulation that allows them to understand the process by which evaluees have come to identify themselves or be identified as occupationally disabled. This chapter offers a model for constructing case formulations in disability evaluations based on a work capacity analysis.


Mental health disability  Mental health disability claims  Work capacity  Mental health disability  Mental health impairment  Mental health disability case formulation  


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryGeorgetown University School of MedicineArlingtonUSA

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