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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 requested records from a provider using a faxed copy of both the SSA-827 and my agency’s release. This provider will not release them without an original signature on the authorization form and I only have a copy. What do I do?
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You should be able to use the copy of the authorization that you have to request the records. According to a clarification letter drafted by the Director of the Office of Civil Rights on April 25, 2003, “A copy, facsimile, or electronically transmitted version of a signed authorization is also a...
Q: How can I get our local hospital involved in our SOAR effort?
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The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center developed an issue brief regarding collaborating with hospitals. You can read it here: http://soarworks.prainc.com/article/collaborating-hospitals-how-primer
Q: Can someone apply using the SOAR process whose primary ailment is a physical ailment?
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You can absolutely use the SOAR critical components for a person with a physical ailment. There are many people that have been denied for years without the help of an advocate to get through the process. That said, we don't want to encourage people to only help those that have an "obvious"...
Q: How do unemployment benefits affect a client's Social Security Benefits?
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Unemployment benefits would affect SSI because it is counted as unearned income. So, each dollar of unemployment would count against the $733* unearned income limit for SSI. Unemployment benefits do not count toward the substantial gainful activity limit of $1,090* earnings per month because they...