Welcome

SAMHSA's SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery Technical Assistance (SOAR TA) Center is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This national project is designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. Read more here  and watch the video below to see how SOARWorks!

Recent Questions About SOAR

Q: If someone might be eligible for unemployment but is also unable to continue working, should he apply for unemployment or SSI?
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If he is eligible for unemployment and the amount is more than $694 ($674 plus a $20 disregard) then he should take the higher amount (unemployment) as long as he can. The medical approval for SSI will last for 12 months, so if the unemployment only lasts a few months then he can always go into SSA...
Q: How do I contact the SOAR TA Center?
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You can reach the SOAR TA Center at soar@prainc.com or 518.439.7415 x5242 . For a TA Center staff directory, please visit our Contact Us page at http://soarworks.prainc.com/content/soar-staff .
Q: Do you have a suggested, ideal timeline for case workers to follow?
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Yes! Please see Timeline for Completing an Initial SOAR SSI/SSDI Application . This guide is intended to help you complete a SOAR SSI/SSDI application in stages so that you aren’t overwhelmed.
Q: How do I get started writing the medical summary report? It is so intimidating.
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Trying to write the Medical Summary Report (MSR), a key component of the SOAR approach, can seem challenging at first. Everyone is going to have a different approach to writing that works for them. We recommend starting with the Medical Summary Report Worksheet as a template. Work on only one...