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GAF Scores Are No Longer a Proper Consideration In Evaluating the Level of Psychiatric Disability

March 29, 2018

“In Golden v. Shulkin, ____Vet.App._______ (filed February 23, 2018), the Veterans Court decided that the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (“the Board”) may not use Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scores in assigning a disability rating for psychiatric claims where the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, (2013) (“DSM-5”) applies.” GAF scores have been a fixture of VA …

Leveraging GAF Scores in Psychiatric Disability Claims

June 1, 2015

PSYCHIATRIC CLAIMS: LEVERAGING GAF SCORES TO YOUR CLIENTS’ ADVANTAGE While assisting a veteran with a claim related to psychiatric disabilities, you will likely come across so-called “GAF” scores, the acronym referring to Global Assessment of Functioning under the DSM-IV.[1] These scores show up in treatment records and VA examination reports as inconspicuous notations, usually found at the conclusion of a …