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Pre-Employment Mental Health Screening FAQs

Why do I have to complete a mental health screening?

Individuals in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) frontline positions must be medically and physically capable of performing the essential job functions and duties of their respective positions safely and efficiently without aggravating existing health problems or endangering the health and safety of the individual, others, or national security.

After tentative selection, candidates must undergo a pre-employment medical examination and be found medically qualified to perform the position's full range of duties safely and efficiently. Any disease or condition that may potentially interfere with the safe and efficient performance of the job's duties or training may result in medical disqualification. No condition is automatically disqualifying; each determination is made on a case-by-case basis. The medical determination may involve a mental health screening and/or recommendations for additional information/testing. If medical information is recommended beyond that provided by the initial medical examination or mental health screening, it is provided at the expense of the candidate.

What is the mental health screening?

The mental health screening is a two-part evaluation, which will first consists of a multiple-choice questionnaire that can be administered from any location with web access.  It takes approximately 40 minutes to complete and serves as a screening of psychological fitness.  Specifically, the screening measures flexibility & adaptability, cultural sensitivity, judgement, ethics & integrity, and attitudes toward authority.

After completing the online assessment, a more comprehensive one-on-one evaluation with a psychologist will be conducted by telephone to further evaluate areas assessed in the online screening, but also evaluates intellectual functioning, problem-solving ability, work ethic, safety awareness, stress management, nonviolent predisposition, emotional stability, substance abuse, and sabotage potential.

Will I have to complete a mental health screening?

After tentative selection, candidates must undergo a pre-employment medical examination.  Information obtained from your pre-employment medical examination will be reviewed to determine if a mental health screening is required. Applicants who have had mental health history to include, but not limited to symptoms, treatment, diagnoses, or medication will be required to complete the mental health screening.

How will I be scheduled for my mental health screening?

If you require the mental health screening, you will receive a notification by email from our contractor, Mission Critical Psychological Services, LLC, providing information on how to access the online mental health questionnaire. The email will also include two dates and times for which you can select from to complete your phone interview with a psychologist.  You will be required to reply to the email providing your preferred date and time. Once you reply to the email, our contractor will provide you with the psychologist’s name and phone number. You MUST complete the online questionnaire before your scheduled phone interview with the psychologist.

When will I be contacted for the mental health screening?

After you complete your pre-employment medical examination, our Medical Officer will review your health history to determine if you require the mental health screening. In most cases, if you require the mental health screening, you will receive notification to complete your online questionnaire within 7 days after attending your pre-employment medical examination.

Where will my mental health screening take place?

The first portion of your mental health screening is completed online and can be administered from any location with web-access. You will receive an email providing instructions on how to access the online questionnaire. After completing the online questionnaire, you will complete a one-on-one telephone interview with a psychologist on the date and time of your choosing. No travel to a specific location is required.

Is there a specific timeframe for me to complete the online questionnaire for my mental health screening once I receive the notification?

You will choose from two dates/times to complete your telephone interview with a psychologist. The online questionnaire must be completed before your scheduled phone interview.

What happens if I am not able to complete the online questionnaire for my mental health screening within the required timeframe?

If you fail to complete the online questionnaire prior to your scheduled telephone interview or you do not contact the psychologist on your selected date and time, your name will be referred back to the CBP Hiring Center.

What happens if I am not able to attend the telephone interview for my mental health screening as scheduled?

Reschedules are considered on a case-by-case basis; it is not a guarantee that you will be able to reschedule your appointment. You will need to make every effort to attend your appointment as scheduled. Failure to do so could result in your tentative offer of employment being withdrawn.

Who do I contact with questions regarding the scheduling of my mental health screening?

If you have questions regarding the online portion of your mental health questionnaire or the telephone interview, you may reply directly to the email you receive, or you may contact Comprehensive Health Services by phone at 866-493-0476.

Do I have to pay for the mental health screening?

No. CBP will provide and pay for the pre-employment mental health screening.

Should I disclose my mental health history (diagnosis, treatment, medications, etc.) even if it was in the past?

Yes. Failure to respond completely and honestly to the questions asked on your pre-employment medical examination and history report, and/or during your mental health screening may result in delay to your hiring process or disqualification from employment consideration.

What happens if I fail to disclose information during my mental health screening?

Failure to respond completely and honestly to the questions asked during your mental health screening may result in a delay to your hiring process or disqualification from employment consideration.CBP will pay for the cost of your pre-employment medical examination and mental health screening. Any additional costs associated with obtaining any further documentation or medical evaluations from your provider in order to determine your medical qualification for the position will be at your own expense.

Will I be disqualified if I have had medical health diagnoses, treatment, etc.?

No condition is automatically disqualifying; each determination is made on a case-by-case basis.

What happens after my mental health screening?

The results of your pre-employment medical examination and your mental health screening (if required) will be reviewed to determine your medical qualification for the position. If no medical issues arise from your pre-employment examination and/or your mental health screening, you can expect to complete the medical qualification process in about 60 days. If issues of concern are identified, further information will be recommended, and you will be notified via email. Obtaining further documentation or medical evaluations from your provider will be at your own expense.

Will I be told at my mental health screening if I met the minimum medical qualifications?

No. The psychologist will not discuss the results of your case but will forward the results to the CBP Hiring Center. If further follow up is recommended, you will be notified via email.

Who do I contact with questions regarding my mental health screening?

If you have questions regarding your mental health screening, please contact the CBP Hiring Center’s Medical Qualification team by e-mail at cbphiringmedreview@cbp.dhs.gov.  Please do not contact Comprehensive Health Services or the psychologist that conducted your mental health screening as they are unable to assist you or provide you any further information.

Is this mental health screening consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Yes. After you have received a tentative job offer from CBP, the ADA does not prohibit the agency from requiring you to provide medical information in order to determine the nature of any medical conditions that could affect the safe and efficient performance of job duties. Your job offer from CBP may be conditioned on the results of a medical evaluation.

See the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission website for more information: Enforcement Guidance: Preemployment Disability-Related Questions and Medical Examinations.

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Friday, April 16, 2021 - 06:53
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