Revision of Mental Health Question on Clearance Application Form
On 18 April 2008 the Department of Defense (DoD) announced that Question #21 regarding mental health on Standard Form 86 (Questionnaire for National Security Positions) had been changed. The announcement appears to make the change applicable to everyone (not just DoD personnel) applying for a federal security clearance. The change allows an applicant to answer “no” to the question regarding mental health counseling or treatment, if the counseling or treatment (including hospitalization) was not court-ordered and was for the following reasons:
– strictly marital, family, grief not related to violence by you, or
– strictly related to adjustments from service in a military combat environment.
A “yes” to the question, requires information regarding the dates of treatment, name and address of the health care professional(s) who provided the treatment.