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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 do you organize the paperwork for an application while in process?
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We recommend creating a case-file folder for each applicant, specifically for SSA and SOAR paperwork. It is helpful if this folder has separate sections to organize your material. While you are gathering information for the application, you can store your interview notes, signed agency releases of...
Q: Does the medical summary report have to be in sections? For example, does the legal history have to be in a seperate section or paragraph from the medical history?
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We recommend using headings throughout the MSR to divide information so that DDS can quickly find the evidence they are looking for. These headings typically include: personal history, employment, physical health, psychiatric health, and functional information. You can include sub-headings in these...
Q: Is there a refresher course for those who already attended an in-person SOAR training?
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In many communities SOAR Local Leads and SOAR Trainers will provide one-day SOAR Fundamentals refresher trainings for individuals who have completed the two-day in-person Stepping Stones to Recovery training or the SOAR Online Course. You can contact leads in your state here: http://soarworks...
Q: When submitting an online SSDI application, how do you identify it as a SOAR application?
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You can type "This is a SOAR application" in the Remarks section. You should also indicate whether the applicant is experiencing homelessness and any other clarifying remarks.