Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Deprivation

Incapacity – Procedures

Revised:

15.4.3.4

EVALUATION OF THE TREATING PHYSICIAN’S FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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The designated MEU staff may place considerable reliance on the treating/examining physician’s and/or mental health provider’s findings/recommendations as to whether or not a physical/mental defect, illness, or impairment exists.

The physician’s findings must include:

 

·        A diagnosis and clinical/medical/mental health evidence to support the diagnosis.

 

·        A prognosis that appears to be reasonable in light of the diagnosis.

 

A “prescription pad” statement or a letter from a physician without supporting medical evidence is not acceptable.

 

The decision that incapacity exists according to definition is a programmatic one. The decision must be made based on the medical and/or mental health findings/recommendations as they apply to a particular person and his/her ability to continue his/her current employment/care activities. The MEU decision is binding on the DHS county office.

 

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