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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: 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...
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: If someone might be eligible for unemployment but is also unable to continue working, should he apply for unemployment or SSI?
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If he is eligible for unemployment and the amount is more than $733* then he should take the higher amount (unemployment) as long as he can. The medical approval for SSI will last for 12 months, so if the unemployment only lasts a few months then he can always go into SSA, reapply for SSI (the non-...
Q: What does DDS stand for?
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DDS stands for Disability Determination Services. For further details, see: http://soarworks.prainc.com/article/access-ssa-disability-programs-players-roles-tasks .