Resources for psychologist and psychiatrist examiners:
Disability Exams Research - Curated list of recent research on topics relevant to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation and pension examinations (C&P exams).
Legal Parameters of C&P Exams for PTSD and Other Mental Disorders - A chart showing the differences between the legal rules, procedures, and principles governing typical forensic mental health evaluations versus VA C&P exams.
Mental Disorders Secondary to Service-Connected Medical Conditions - How to conceptualize and evaluate a mental disorder which the veteran claims is "proximately due to or the result of a service-connected disease or injury..." (38 C.F.R § 3.310).
PTSD Clinical Research - Curated list of recent research on PTSD treatment.
Ohio Board of Psychology Alert - Emphasizes that VA C&P exams require "foundational competencies in both general and forensic psychology".
Recommended Reading List for Psychologist and Psychiatrist C&P Examiners - Regularly updated list of peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book chapters, and more.
Telemental Exams by Private Practitioners: VA's Ambiguous Guidance Causes Confusion - a recent VA Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) report indicated that "[t]he use of private provider telehealth examinations for rating purposes is prohibited." This conclusion by the VAOIG probably came as a surprise to many stakeholders because public VA guidance on this topic has been—and still is—ambiguous and confusing.
C&P exams for PTSD and other mental disorders are forensic mental health evaluations conducted with United States military veterans who have filed a disability benefits claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
While "C&P exam" is the most common term, there are other phrases used to describe these evaluations such as:
φ VA claim exam
φ PTSD exam
φ VA disability exam
φ VA comp and pen exam
φ compensation and pension examination
φ nexus letter or nexus opinion
φ DBQ - Disability Benefits Questionnaire
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