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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: 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.
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: I just went with someone to a consultative examination. When will we hear the decision on the application?
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It depends! In many DDS offices the consultative exam (CE) examiners are allowed 30 days to file their report/evaluation after the exam. They may or may not be turned in on time. Once the DDS examiner gets the report it may take some time to finish their recommendation and transfer it to the...
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 .