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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: What does DDS stand for?
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DDS stands for Disability Determination Services. For further details, see: http://soarworks.prainc.com/article/access-ssa-disability-programs-players-roles-tasks .
Q: My agency received a bill for medical records. What should we do if we do not have funding available to pay the bill?
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We recommend calling the medical records department of the hospital and asking to speak to a billing supervisor. Explain that the records are for an individual who is homeless, has no income and needs the records to apply for disability benefits; ask that the fees be waived. Remind them that when...
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: The SSA-8000 practice application goes from question #9 to #15 and question #14 is asking about veteran status and will not let me mark #14 on the form. Did I miss some info or other checkbox?
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Questions #10-14 on the SSA-8000 apply only to non-U.S. citizens. Some non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if they meet certain conditions, including individuals who are on active duty or Veterans who received an honorable discharge. Spouses, widow(er)s, or...