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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)

The goals of the SOAR program speak directly to one of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives- Recovery Supports. SOAR seeks to end homelessness through increased access to SSI/SSDI income supports, directly addressing SAMHSA’s assertion: “To recover, people need a safe stable place to live.” This is essential, and for many persons in recovery accessing benefits is a first step.  But SOAR extends beyond and also encourages employment as a means to increase individual income and promote recovery in line with the SAMHSA assertion that: “to recover, people need meaningful work and the ability to enhance their skills through education.”

SOAR is a national program designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, 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: I completed the SOAR online course, and I received feedback that I needed to make revisions. How do I upload my revisions? The course no longer has "browse" and "upload" buttons.
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To submit your revised documents for the SOAR online course, you can reply directly to the email containing your feedback and attach the revised documents, or you can email them to Suzy Sodergren at: ssodergren@prainc.com . If you have any trouble scanning and sending via email, you can also fax...
Q: Is there a refresher course for those who already attended an in-person SOAR training?
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In many communities SOAR Local Leads and SOAR Trainers will provide one-day SOAR Fundamentals refresher trainings for individuals who have completed the two-day in-person Stepping Stones to Recovery training or the SOAR Online Course. You can contact leads in your state here: http://soarworks...
Q: What if a client is new to our program, and has already applied for and is in the appeal process for SSI? Can they still be considered for SOAR?
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The SOAR process can definitely be used to assist applicants with appeals, as SOAR practitioners are often well positioned to assist given their relationships with applicants and knowledge of their impairments and related functional limitations. SOAR case managers can help by gathering additional...
Q: When people get large back-pay checks, how long do they have to spend the funds in order to get their resources below that $2,000 level and not impact future payments?
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Generally, SSA will not count the retroactive (back-pay) SSI or Social Security benefits for up to nine months after the person receives them. This includes payments received in installments. When the individual receives his/her award letter it should spell out the exact length of time s/he has to...