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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: The physician in my clinic refuses to read or sign my Medical Summary Report. What do I do?
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It is unfortunate when we run across physicians who are unwilling to help people access the benefits that they are entitled to, although it is a common problem. Many doctors will say that they have not seen a person enough to support a report such as the MSR. Sometimes doctors on ACT (Assertive...
Q: Can the SOAR process be used for Children?
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Although the SOAR approach is focused on adults with disabilities who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, SOAR practitioners often ask for basic information to help them understand the disability determination process for children. The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center developed an Issue Brief on this...
Q: How can you expedite a hearing?
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To help expedite a hearing, the applicant or their representative can submit a letter of "dire need" to the hearing office (ODAR). The letter should describe the applicant's conditions, how s/he has worsened since the reconsideration was filed and why s/he will worsen still if s/he is not granted...
Q: If a U.S. Citizen is dishonorably discharged, can s/he still receive Social Security benefits?
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Yes, discharge status does not matter for citizens.