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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: What is the monthly SSI benefit?
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SSI has a monthly federal benefit rate that changes each year plus any available state supplement. You can find the current benefit amounts at http://soarworks.prainc.com/article/ssa-forms-and-information under "Annual Updates."
Q: My agency received a bill for medical records. What should we do if we do not have funding available to pay the bill?
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We recommend calling the medical records department of the hospital and asking to speak to a billing supervisor. Explain that the records are for an individual who is homeless, has no income and needs the records to apply for disability benefits; ask that the fees be waived. Remind them that when...
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: How do I get started writing the medical summary report? It is so intimidating.
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Trying to write the Medical Summary Report (MSR), a key component of the SOAR approach, can seem challenging at first. Everyone is going to have a different approach to writing that works for them. We recommend starting with the Medical Summary Report Worksheet as a template. Work on only one...