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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: How can we track Medicaid reimbursements?
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Most SOAR programs that have a hospital collaboration will work with the hospital’s billing department to collect information on reimbursed expenses for each SOAR applicant approved. Some are able to separate out Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements; others have just a total for all reimbursements...
Q: Can a person receive both unemployment and SSDI?
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Technically, it is possible to receive both unemployment benefits and SSDI, but it gets tricky. When you apply for unemployment benefits you attest that you are ABLE to work but you lost your job through no fault of your own and are actively looking for work. When you apply for disability benefits...
Q: I am looking for a contact at my local SSA office, who should I call?
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You should contact your SOAR State Team Lead or Local Lead to find out if there is a designated SOAR liaison at your local SSA office. You can find your local contacts here: http://soarworks.prainc.com/directory
Q: What is 1619(b) Status and how is it determined?
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1619(b) is continued Medicaid coverage for those individuals that were receiving SSI benefits prior to returning to work. You can find more information on SSA's website here: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityresearch/wi/1619b.htm