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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: 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: I'm trying to upload the SSA forms for the SOAR online course and I'm getting a message that the file size is too large. How do I submit my forms for the course if I cannot upload them?
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If you are having difficulty uploading documents for the SOAR online course, you can email your course packet directly to Suzy Sodergren at: ssodergren@prainc.com (link sends e-mail) . If you were able to upload some, but not all, of the course documents you can email Suzy and attach those...
Q: I am working with a man who appears to be about 70. He remembers his name and where he was born, but not his birth date. He knows a name for his mother, but does not know if it is her first or last name. How can I prove his identity?
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My first recommendation would be to go with your client to the local SSA field office with whatever information you have been able to verify and that he is able to report. SSA can sometimes find someone's Social Security number with their name, DOB and parent's information. It often depends on how...
Q: How do I contact the SOAR TA Center?
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You can reach the SOAR TA Center at soar@prainc.com or 518.439.7415 x5242 . For a TA Center staff directory, please visit our Contact Us page at http://soarworks.prainc.com/content/soar-staff .