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: Are the CEUs offered by SOAR Online Course approved by the American Counseling Association or the National Board of Certified Counselors?
The CEUs offered by the SOAR Online Course are approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Q: Do SOAR providers screen applicants before helping them with their applications?
First and foremost we want to make sure that people who need our assistance with their SSI/SSDI applications get that assistance. That said, each provider has to make decisions about how many people they are able to serve and how many SOAR applications they complete. We recommend that when...
Q: Can the SOAR process be used for Children?
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: If a U.S. Citizen is dishonorably discharged, can s/he still receive Social Security benefits?
Yes, discharge status does not matter for citizens.