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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: Can a person receive both unemployment and SSDI?
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Technically, it is possible to receive both unemployment benefits and SSDI, but it gets tricky. When you apply for unemployment benefits you attest that you are ABLE to work but you lost your job through no fault of your own and are actively looking for work. When you apply for disability benefits...
Q: In the SOAR Online Course Practice Case, I accidentally uploaded the wrong forms. How do I delete them so I can upload the correct ones?
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Although you can’t delete or remove a file, you can replace it. On the right-hand side, where you originally uploaded the file, click “Remove.” Then, simply repeat the Browse and Upload process for the correct file.
Q: When do I need to complete the SSA-4814?
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The SSA-4814 is only necessary for individuals who are alleging HIV infection. It is the Medical Report on Adult With Allegation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection.
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...