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November 17, 2009

New Online Continuing Education Course on Children's Mental Health Social Security Disability Added to HealthForumOnline's Library

HealthForumOnline (HFO) announces a new online continuing education (CE/CEU) course, Children's Mental Health Social Security Disability (SSD) Report Writing: A Guide to Enhanced Effectiveness, to their expanding library of nationally-approved CE courses for mental health professionals, nurses and allied healthcare workers. This online CE course presents relevant components of commonly alleged Disability impairments for children (Organic Disorders, Mood Disorders, Mental Retardation, Anxiety Disorders, Autistic/PDD, and ADHD) and provides an understanding of how child mental health SSD determinations are made, the instrumental legal decision which established children's right to SSD payments, the associated language and acronyms, the regulations governing mental health disability and how to write effective reports that meet these regulatory standards. Each of HFO's online CE/CEU courses are fast, convenient and especially cost-effective as health professionals have free ongoing access to course updates beyond completion of the CE activity.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) November 17, 2009 -- HealthForumOnline (HFO) announces the addition of a new online CE course for health professionals working with children and their families in the Social Security Disability domain, Children's Mental Health Social Security Disability (SSD) Report Writing: A Guide to Enhanced Effectiveness, to their extensive online continuing education library. To illustrate the importance of this online CE course, consider that Social Security Disability (SSD) had 7,651,360 individuals in pay status at the end of August 2009. However, since benefit applications for children and widows aren't included in this statistic, there is no breakdown of how many of those claimants in pay status were children. Even without a firm indication of how many children applied for and were granted SSD pay status, given the rise in the prevalence of Autism and disorders along this spectrum, it is likely that SSD applications and rulings for children will also increase over time.

It is worth noting that literally tens of thousands of individuals were terminated from pay status in 2009 as well. While the statistics are not categorized regarding the disability that was determined to be present for terminated claimants, the reasons for cessation of benefits are often the same. The most common reasons for termination include the claimant having shown medical improvement, a claimant's failure to cooperate (FTC) with a review (in the case of a child, it would be the parent and/or guardian who would fail to cooperate), a healthcare provider (TP) not providing a report or providing a negative report, an inadequate TP report or an unfavorable review and report resulting from a consultative exam (CE). A psychiatric CE is an exam for psychiatric, psychological or mental status testing performed by an outside vendor (i.e., psychiatrist or licensed psychologist).

"This information suggests that effective, behaviorally-based Social Security Disability report writing for mental health claimants, in this case children, is of the utmost importance" notes Patricia Farrell, Ph.D. course author. The focus of this online CE course is to provide health professionals with an understanding of how mental health SSD determinations are made for children, the instrumental legal decision which established children's right to SSI Disability benefits, the associated language and acronyms, the regulations (the POMS) governing mental health disability and how to write effective reports that meet these regulatory standards of Social Security Disability. Specifically, the salient components of the most commonly alleged Disability impairments for children (i.e., Organic Disorders, Mood Disorders, Mental Retardation, Anxiety Disorders, Autistic/PDD, and ADHD) are presented. An emphasis is placed on defining the requisite training/licensure required for submitting SSD reports and guidance on acceptable reports, appropriate terms and how failure to observe the rules and regulations may have a negative impact on applications for SSI benefits are discussed. Further, the psychological/psychiatric tests that are acceptable for children in this domain are presented, as well as the importance of behavioral indicators within reports and how to best phrase them. Lastly, a brief review of the forms used and links to important Social Security websites is provided.

HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) provider of online continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals, offers a choice of 19 categories of CE topics related to health psychology and behavioral medicine (i.e., ethics, cancer adaptation, women's health, cultural diversity, eating disorders, reproduction/sexuality, aging/gerontology, pediatric behavioral medicine, assessment, chemical dependency, chronic/acute illness, clinical intervention, group therapy, infectious disease, long-term care, neuropsychology, pain management, spirituality, LGBT issues). HFO's resource library contains over 65 online CE courses that are fast, convenient and cost-effective. All of HFO's CE courses and supporting materials are available online or as downloadable, transportable PDFs. Participants print their own CE certificates. Lastly, HFO routinely updates our online CE courses, notifies customers of these updates and enables customers to review these updates for free online even after they have completed the CE activity and generated their CE certificate.

For more information on this course or a complete listing of titles in our online CE resource library, visit HealthForumOnline.com.

About HealthForumOnline:

HealthForumOnline (HFO) is approved as a provider of CE courses by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Association of Social Work Boards, and several state professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. HFO's CE Program's Advisory Committee and authors are comprised of over 60 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.

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