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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: 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 calculate the days to decision for SOAR applications?
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We calculate from the date of the application (when the completed SOAR packet is turned in) to the date that DDS makes the decision and transfers the case back to SSA. (Not the date of the letter from SSA, as that is often delayed).
Q: Is there any place to find a completed sample of the SSA-8000-BK?
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Yes, you can find samples of completed SSA forms here: http://soarworks.prainc.com/article/sample-soar-application-packet
Q: I just went with someone to a consultative examination. When will we hear the decision on the application?
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It depends! In many DDS offices the consultative exam (CE) examiners are allowed 30 days to file their report/evaluation after the exam. They may or may not be turned in on time. Once the DDS examiner gets the report it may take some time to finish their recommendation and transfer it to the...