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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: How long is the SOAR Online training?
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We estimate that it will take 16-20 hours to complete the Online Course. This includes the completion of the Practice Case in which you will submit an SSI/SSDI application packet for a fictitious client to the SOAR TA Center.
Q: I am working with a man who appears to be about 70. He remembers his name and where he was born, but not his birth date. He knows a name for his mother, but does not know if it is her first or last name. How can I prove his identity?
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My first recommendation would be to go with your client to the local SSA field office with whatever information you have been able to verify and that he is able to report. SSA can sometimes find someone's Social Security number with their name, DOB and parent's information. It often depends on how...
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: Are there trainings available for physicians to help improve medical record documentation?
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The Documenting Disabilities training from the National Health Care for the Homeless Council is a great way to train doctors in the community on creating medical records and documentation that can help assist with SSI/SSDI applications. It clarifies the myths and helps develop a better...