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GreenRiver09050  
#1 Posted : Saturday, May 16, 2020 10:02:28 PM(UTC)
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Hello Everyone,

I was curious about some of the statements I've seen being made online about the medical release signed at the end of filling out the SF-86 and as well how it works with the E-Quip.

I've seen many things online saying that you are required to sign it regardless of saying no on Question#21-I'd like to know if that's true or not. I saw online a guide to filling out the e-quip, it states in bold, "DO NOT SIGN UNLESS ANSWERED YES ON QUESTION 21"

Also, if it is required to sign regardless of the answer to question 21, is it only used if mental health info is discovered later on in the investigation? I was told by someone who is a BI that it's just a formality and doesn't get used unless mental health info is discovered during subject interviews or discovered while speaking with sources.

I'm not going to get down the rabbit hole with "can they access mental health records" The answer I have gotten from multiple BI's is no unless there are red flags that pop up on the SF-86 or during interviews with contacts.



I have nothing to hide but I'm curious regarding the first question as some people's comments about having to sign it regardless even though it says not to sign it kinda just seems odd.


Stay safe & Thank you!

Edited by user Saturday, May 16, 2020 11:50:19 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Endless Summer  
#2 Posted : Saturday, May 16, 2020 11:09:23 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GreenRiver09050 Go to Quoted Post
Hello Everyone,

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I've seen many things online saying that you are required to sign it regardless of saying no on Question#21-I'd like to know if that's true or not. I saw online a guide to filling out the e-quip, it states in bold, "DO NOT SIGN UNLESS ANSWERED YES ON QUESTION 21"

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Stay safe & Thank you!


Ignore what you read online, look at what the form's instructions say right in that section. If you answered YES to question 21, then sign and date in in. It's unambiguous.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:52:45 AM(UTC)

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Sign the release if your SCA/eQip/Aip tells you to do so. If you are not told to sign the release but we need it later on - trust me, we will arranged to get the needed release from you or report your refusal.
*DISCLAIMER*Correctly filling out your security forms will not guarantee you a clearance in 3 months BUT be sloppy and your case will be in the field a heck of a lot longer, guaranteed.
GreenRiver09050  
#4 Posted : Monday, May 25, 2020 5:45:56 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: BackGdInvestigator Go to Quoted Post
Sign the release if your SCA/eQip/Aip tells you to do so. If you are not told to sign the release but we need it later on - trust me, we will arranged to get the needed release from you or report your refusal.



I was just curious about the statements about being required to sign regardless of the rules on the form.
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:54:11 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: BackGdInvestigator Go to Quoted Post
Sign the release if your SCA/eQip/Aip tells you to do so. If you are not told to sign the release but we need it later on - trust me, we will arranged to get the needed release from you or report your refusal.


What he said. I have dealt w a about 6 to 7 people so far that have had mental health issues. If it's for example DoD, they usually come back with Statement of Reason or RFI asking about what happened and usually retrieve those medical documents via medical release form in eqip to make a determination for suitability.
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