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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: Once I have completed and passed the Online Course, what is my title?
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Individual providers can choose whatever title works best for themselves and their agency. Some examples that we have seen include SOAR practitioner, SOAR benefits specialist, SOAR case manager, and SOAR specialist. Others will use their traditional title (e.g. social worker, case manager, outreach...
Q: What does "battery and cruelty" mean on the SSA-8000?
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Question #13 about "battery and cruelty" on the SSA-8000 applies only to immigrants and refers to domestic violence or child abuse. The SSA policy and operations manual states: "The alien claimant, the alien claimant's child, or the alien claimant's parent, must be determined to have been battered...
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...
Q: Can someone who is in prison and not receiving any benefits apply for SSI?
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Social Security has what they call Pre-release Procedures for individuals who want to apply for SSI while they are still in an institution (jail, prison, state hospital, etc). The general rule is that an individual can apply 30 days prior to their expected release date, although there are...