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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 does "battery and cruelty" mean on the SSA-8000?
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Question #13 about "battery and cruelty" on the SSA-8000 applies only to immigrants and refers to domestic violence or child abuse. The SSA policy and operations manual states: "The alien claimant, the alien claimant's child, or the alien claimant's parent, must be determined to have been battered...
Q: Some of the forms in the SOAR Online Course are not allowing me to save when completed. What should I do?
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This problem can be solved by making sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader. You can get it free of charge here: http://www.adobe.com/products/reader.html . If this doesn't solve the problem, please contact the SOAR TA Center at soar@prainc.com .
Q: How can someone receive SSDI (Title II) benefits if they have never worked?
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If an individual becomes disabled before the age of 22 and one of his/her parents is either deceased or receives disability or retirement benefits, the "Disabled Adult Child" may receive benefits based on their parent's earnings record. SSA has an easy to use FAQ page about this topic: http://www...
Q: Does DDS use GAF (Global Assessment of Functioning) scores in their decision?
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The disability adjudicators do not use GAF scores specifically in their assessment, since the disability criteria are not the same as the DSM. DDS basis their decision on the extent to which the “Listings” (Disability Evaluation Under Social Security) are met. For mental impairments they are...