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SOAR Webinar: Writing Effective Medical Summary Reports (MSRs)

On this webinar, to be held on August 15, 2024, the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center will share tips for writing effective MSRs.

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Join us for an instructive webinar where SAMHSA SOAR TA Center staff will share tips for writing effective Medical Summary Reports (MSRs). 

MSRs are a SOAR Critical Component. Research and data show that including an MSR with a SOAR-assisted application leads to higher approval rates. We recognize that writing an MSR may be intimidating. We’ll focus on sections which you may find more challenging by sharing examples on how to make the writing experience more enjoyable. 

We know writing MSRs is worth the effort! Let us show you how ‘SOAR Works’ because of MSRs!

What you will learn:

  • Understanding why MSRs are a SOAR critical component that may lead to more allowances.
  • Applying best practices to improve your MSR writing skills.
  • Incorporating knowledge about Social Security’s disability criteria into every section of the MSR. 
  • Learning from staff who have written hundreds of winning MSRs! 


  • SAMHSA SOAR TA Center, Policy Research Associates, Troy, New York:
    - Kristin Lupfer, MSW, Project Director
    - Abigail Kirkman, M.A., Assistant Director
    - Dazara Ware, MPC, Assistant Director
    - Pam Heine, MSW, Senior Project Associate
    - Amanda Starkey, M.A., Project Associate