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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:
(a) Understand, remember, and persist in tasks by following very short and simple instructions.
(b) Understand, remember, and persist in tasks by following detailed instructions.
(c) Perform activities within a schedule, maintain regular attendance, and be punctual within customary tolerances without special supervision.
(d) Learn new tasks.
(e) Perform routine tasks without special supervision.
(f) Adapt to changes in a routine work setting.
(g) Make simple work-related decisions.
(h) Be aware of normal hazards and take appropriate precautions.
(i) Ask simple questions or request assistance.
(j) Communicate and perform effectively in a work setting.
(k) Complete a normal workday and workweek without interruptions from psychologically based symptoms.
(l) Set realistic goals and plan independently.
(m) Maintain appropriate behavior in a work setting.
(2) We approve incapacity when we have objective medical evidence that demonstrates you are:
(a) 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:
(i) Learn new tasks;
(ii) Be aware of normal hazards and take appropriate precautions; and
(iii) Perform routine tasks without undue supervision; or
(b) 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:
(i) Learn new tasks;
(ii) Be aware of normal hazards and take appropriate precautions; and
(iii) Perform routine tasks without undue supervision.
(3) We approve incapacity when you are moderately impaired in your ability to:
(a) Communicate and perform effectively in a work setting; and
(b) Markedly impaired in your ability to maintain appropriate behavior in a work setting.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.005, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.08A.100, 74.04.770, 74.08.025, 74.62.030, and 2013 2nd sp.s. c 10. WSR 13-24-044, § 388-447-0070, filed 11/26/13, effective 1/1/14.]
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