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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: Some of the forms in the SOAR Online Course are not allowing me to save when completed. What should I do?
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This problem can be solved by making sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader. You can get it free of charge here: http://www.adobe.com/products/reader.html . If this doesn't solve the problem, please contact the SOAR TA Center at soar@prainc.com .
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 become involved in SSI/SSDI cases that are already in process? What about cases that have been going on for a long time, such as those waiting for a hearing or appeal?
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If the case is at the initial or reconsideration stage, you should first ask the person if he/she is willing to sign for you to be his/her representative. Then ask the DDS if, as the person’s representative, you may review the individual’s file. You may ask the DDS to send what they have...
Q: Who do I contact to find out the status of a claim when the applicant is waiting for a hearing?
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The second stage in the appeals process is when the applicant requests a hearing before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). These hearings are scheduled through the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Visit the SSA website at http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/ho_locator.html to find the...