Psych Testing & OWCP

Psychological testing can be ordered by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) as part of the evaluation of a workers’ compensation claim for a psychiatric or psychological condition. The purpose of the testing is to assess the worker’s mental health and functional limitations, and to determine whether the condition is work-related.

The specific tests that are ordered will vary depending on the individual case, but some common tests include:

  • The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
  • The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS)
  • The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)
  • The Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Checklist
  • The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (SCID)

The results of the testing will be used by the OWCP to make a decision about the claim. If the testing shows that the worker’s condition is work-related and that it is causing significant functional limitations, the OWCP may award benefits, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and vocational rehabilitation.

In California, workers’ compensation law does cover mental health conditions, including those caused by job-related stress. If you are a California worker who has been diagnosed with a mental health condition that you believe is work-related, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

If you are considering filing a workers’ compensation claim for a psychiatric or psychological condition, it is important to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options, and can represent you in the claims process.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind about psych testing for OWCP claims:

  • The testing is usually performed by a psychologist who is qualified to administer and interpret the tests.
  • The results of the testing are confidential and will not be released to your employer without your permission.
  • You have the right to refuse to take the testing, but doing so may hurt your chances of getting benefits.

If you have any questions about psych testing for OWCP claims, you should speak with your attorney.