Are you concerned about a staff member’s mental health? MindMD offers comprehensive psychological evaluations to determine an employee’s fitness for duty.

What is a Fitness for Duty Evaluation?

A Fitness for Duty Evaluation (FFDE) is a thorough assessment of a person’s mental health to determine whether or not they can perform the essential functions of their job safely. The test includes a series of assessments that confirm whether an individual can handle the demands of their job. These tests can also provide valuable insight into a candidate’s medical history and physical limitations.

Fitness for Duty Evaluations include a comprehensive assessment of the individual’s current mental state. This assessment will include a clinical interview, psychological testing (if necessary), and a review of the individual’s medical history (if available). These evaluations are very beneficial and can even help prevent workplace incidents. In many cases, they are important in keeping both employees and the general public safe.

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When is a Fitness for Duty Evaluation Usually Administered?

An employer may request that an employee engage in a Fitness for Duty Evaluation for various reasons. After a workplace-related injury or after a period of absence due to illness, some employers may want to confirm their employee’s ability to return to work. In cases of perceived emotional distress, an employer may need to verify that an employee can carry out their daily work-related tasks. 

Finally, an Fitness for Duty Evaluation may be a part of a company’s hiring process and be required of every potential new hire. This is a common practice for high-stress jobs or jobs that are physically demanding. 

During the Hiring Process

Certain professions are more mentally and physically taxing than others. An employer may require a Fitness for Duty Evaluation to be completed to ensure an employee is mentally, physically, and emotionally able to carry out the daily tasks associated with their job.  Examples of such professions may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Police officers
  • Firefighters
  • EMTs
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Childcare providers

For the aforementioned professions, a Fitness for Duty Evaluation is conducted to determine whether an individual is in the right state of mind to carry out their daily responsibilities and tasks. 

A Fitness for Duty Evaluation can help determine whether an employee may be at risk of engaging in activities that could negatively impact the workplace, such as exhibiting behaviors that may put themselves or others at risk. It can also determine the likelihood of an employee being distracted due to mental health issues, affecting their ability to complete certain aspects of their job.

After a Workplace Injury or Illness

If an employee has been on an extended leave of absence, an employer may want to confirm that the injured employee is physically and mentally fit to return to their regular job duties. At times, a workplace injury or incident can result in a mental illness or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unfortunatly, the emotional distress that these conditions cause can get in the way of an employee functioning at work.  

This evaluation would ensure that the previously injured employee can fulfill their job duties as normal. Or, the results of the evaluation can point to any clinical syndromes that appear as a result of the injury or incident such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD. 

Due to Perceived Emotional Distress

An employer may order a Fitness for Duty Evaluation if they have concerns about an employee’s ability to safely, and effectively perform at work. Employers refer employees for such assessments when the employer has a reasonable cause to believe that the employee is struggling with some type of psychological condition.

Often, this involves unsafe behavior at the workplace or notable job performance issues. For example, erratic or volatile behavior at work can prompt the request for a Fitness for Duty Evaluation. Fortunately, assessments like those provided by MindMD provide important insights into the state of a person’s mental health.

Same-day assessments are available. Call (833) 646-3631 to learn more.

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What to Expect from a Mind MD Fitness for Duty Evaluation

When an employee comes to MindMD for a Fitness for Duty Evaluation, they will meet with an unbiased clinician. Our standardized protocols ensure validity and accuracy. Factors such as substance use, prior diagnoses, personal history, and emotional state all factor into our assessments. With this information and a battery of evidence-based measures, we offer a comprehensive evaluation of an employee’s fitness for duty.

Components of the FFDE Report

Typically, an employer will need to provide us with a written description of objective evidence regarding their concerns. We will then use this information and our clinical observations to create a Fitness for Duty Evaluation report. A complete Fitness for Duty Evaluation will contain the clinician’s recommendation, as well as a record of their observations.

Additional information may include an estimate of when the employee can expect to return to the workplace, recommended accommodations, and a complete description of limitations and impairments relevant to the employee’s job duties.

Overall, an FFDE includes several components:

A clinical interview with the employee.

In this portion of the evaluation, the clinician will ask questions about the employee’s job duties, recent stressors, symptoms, and medical history. The clinical interview also allows the employee to discuss any concerns they have about their job or workplace. This portion of the evaluation provides the clinician with valuable insights that only the employee themselves can divulge. 

A review of pertinent documentation.

The clinician will review the employee’s work history, including performance reviews and any disciplinary actions that have been taken. The clinician may also speak with the employee’s supervisor to gain further insight into the employee’s performance, conduct, and overall functioning.

Pertinent documentation may also include medical records, test results, and lab reports. These documents can provide information about the employee’s medical condition and help the clinician determine whether any work limitations or accommodations may be needed. 

Psychological and diagnostic testing.

To determine an employee’s capabilities and limitations, the clinician may administer various tests measuring cognitive functioning, personality, and interests.

To futher gain a better understanding of the employee’s current state of functioning and any potential mental health issues that could impact their ability to safely perform their job duties, the clinician may conduct what is called a mental status examination. This typically involves assessing the individual’s mood, thinking patterns, memory, and level of insight and judgment.

An FFDE report.

After reviewing all of the information gathered, the clinician will write a report detailing their findings and recommendations.

Treatment at Our Urgent Psychiatric Center

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Should your employee require and wish to receive clinical care, we offer a variety of treatment options that can address specific mental health conditions.

At MindMD, we believe that physical and mental health are intertwined. For this reason, our treatment programs address the wide breadth of patient needs by design. By taking a holistic approach to treatment, we treat the whole person and not just their symptoms.

Treatment at MindMD can include any of the following interventions:

  • Outpatient detoxification
  • Complex case management
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Resolution of sleep problems
  • Couples therapy
  • Medication management
  • Comprehensive IV hydration therapies
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Family therapy
  • Nutrition education
  • Parenting support

We also offer medication assistance when the patient requires it. Our services bridge the gaps in access to a psychiatrist. When a patient wants to try a new medication, taper off a current medication, or adjust their dosage, we can provide the clinical services necessary. At MindMD, we can assist you with modifications for medication taken for depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.

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Connecting Your Employee to a Network of Excellence

Employees treated at MindMD, benefit from access to our network of excellence. This expands the resources and support available to them. Should an employee experiencing mental distress choose to receive treatment, we can provide the appropriate treatment and refer your employee for any necessary additional treatment that is needed outside of our center.

Within our network of excellence are therapists, hospitals, and sober living homes. Our top priority is to address a crisis as it is occurring. Once the initial treatment is complete, we connect our patients with the subsequent levels of care they require. This is how we provide the connectivity, urgent care, and accessibility that is missing in mental health care.


Employee Evaluation and Support Services

We know that you want the best for your employees and your business. That’s why MindMD has worked to develop accurate, scientifically-backed Fitness for Duty Evaluation offerings. Our evaluations have your employee’s safety and well-being in mind. These essential evaluations provide impartial insights into their physical, mental, and emotional health so that you can make informed decisions about their well-being and job performance.

At MindMD, we understand the importance of Fitness for Duty Evaluations. These evaluations are especially crucial when there are concerns about an employee’s mental health. 

To learn more about our mental health assessment and treatment services, please visit our Appointments page. Our helpful staff members will provide the information you need to connect your employees with much-needed mental health services.

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Same-day assessments are available. Call (833) 646-3631 to learn more.

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