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(p. 23) Forensic Mental Health Concepts 

(p. 23) Forensic Mental Health Concepts
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(p. 23) Forensic Mental Health Concepts
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Lisa Drago Piechowski

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780195341096.003.0002
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date: 30 October 2020

This chapter discusses the linkage between the legal and the clinical aspects of forensic work, generally termed “forensic mental health concepts.” More specifically, it examines forensic mental health concepts that are relevant to the evaluation of disability and demonstrates how these concepts can assist the evaluator in developing a plan for forensic mental health assessment. The chapter first defines relevant concepts and terms such as disability, work capacity, condition, symptoms, impairment, occupational demands, job duties, and functional abilities. It then considers disability as a legal competency, along with four components common to almost all legal competencies: functional, causal, interactive, and judgment. Finally, it outlines the six-step process of a disability evaluation.

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