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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 I get our local hospital involved in our SOAR effort?
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The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center developed an issue brief regarding collaborating with hospitals. You can read it here: http://soarworks.prainc.com/article/collaborating-hospitals-how-primer
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: When do I need to complete the SSA-4814?
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The SSA-4814 is only necessary for individuals who are alleging HIV infection. It is the Medical Report on Adult With Allegation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection.
Q: In the SOAR Online Practice Case 2 , I accidentally submitted forms SSA-827 and SSA-1696 with out filling the information. How do I fill out the info when it won't let me type it in??
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You are able to re-upload any forms prior to clicking the final submit button in Class 7. Be sure that you have downloaded the latest version (XI) of Adobe (free). You can access it here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/