Fitness For Duty Evaluation

“A psychological fitness-for-duty evaluation (FFDE) is a formal, specialized examination of an incumbent employee that results from (1) objective evidence that the employee may be unable to safely or effectively perform a defined job and (2) a reasonable basis for believing that the cause may be attributable to a psychological condition or impairment.

The central purpose of an FFDE is to determine whether the employee is able to safely and effectively perform his or her essential job functions.”

“Referring an employee for an FFDE is indicated whenever there is an objective and reasonable basis for believing that the employee may be unable to safely and/or effectively perform his or her duties due to a psychological condition or impairment. An objective basis is one that is not merely speculative but derives from direct observation, credible third-party report, or other reliable evidence. ”

The above quotes come directly from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Psychological Services Section’s Guidelines for FFDE’s which can be found at www.theiacp.org.

Dr. Roland follows these Guidelines as a best practice approach. The first step in a FFDE always relies on consultation with the employer to assess whether or not the referral is meritorious, what other potential options may be available to meet employer/employee needs, ensuring there are no conflicts of interest, and that the FFDE can be conducted impartially, objectively and lawfully.

If you have questions about an employee’s behavior or functionality, please call the office for an initial consultation.