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Adult Mental Health Social Security Disability (SSD) Report Writing: Guiding Health Professionals through the Maze

by Patricia A. Farrell, PhD 3 CE Credits

This course provides health professionals with a fuller understanding of how mental health Social Security Disability (SSD) determinations are made, the associated language and acronyms, the regulations governing mental health disability and how to write effective reports that meet these regulatory standards of SSD. The salient components of the four most commonly alleged adult Disability impairments (Organic Disorders, Schizophrenic, Paranoid and Other Psychotic Disorders, Affective Disorders and Anxiety-Related Disorders) is discussed. Emphasis will be placed on defining the requisite training/licensure required for submitting Disability reports and providing the necessary guidance on acceptable reports, terms and practitioners and how failure to observe the rules and regulations may have a negative impact on applications for Disability benefits. In addition, which psychological/psychiatric tests are acceptable is covered, as well as the importance of behavioral indicators within reports and how to best phrase these. Lastly, the course reviews the forms used and links to important Social Security websites.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.
Course Sections/Outline:
  • Introduction to Mental Health Social Security Disability Claims
  • The Five-Step Sequential Evaluation
  • Medical Evidence (MER): Sources, Confidentiality, and “Controlling Weight”
  • Basic Elements of a Mental Health Report for SSD
  • Additional Important Elements: Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Report You Prepare
  • What Happens After the Initial SSD Report Has Been Submitted?
  • Final Thoughts on a Successful Report
  • Glossary of Terms
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Discuss the Five-Step Sequential Evaluation Process and the underlying premise of pace, persistence and concentration (PPC)
  • Define the four primary sources of medical evidence and the related concept of “controlling weight”
  • Identify the fourteen basic components of a Disability report for a mental health allegation, at least three psychological tests acceptable for evaluation and the five sections of SSD’s Medical Source Statement of Ability to do Work-Related Activities (Mental) Form
  • List five strategies to maximize report effectiveness                           
  • Articulate at least five post-report scenarios