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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: 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...
Q: Do you have a suggested, ideal timeline for case workers to follow?
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Yes! Please see Steps to 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: I'm working with a youth on SSI who is soon turning 18. When can he apply for SSI as an adult?
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In general, a child/youth can apply for adult benefits the month before they turn 18. There is a new exception for disabled youth transitioning out of foster care. Disabled youth receiving Title IV-E federal foster care benefits usually cannot become eligible for SSI until foster care payments have...
Q: Are the CEUs offered by SOAR Online Course approved by the American Counseling Association or the National Board of Certified Counselors?
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The CEUs offered by the SOAR Online Course are approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).