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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 is the monthly SSI benefit?
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SSI has a monthly federal benefit rate that changes each year plus any available state supplement. You can find the current benefit amounts at http://soarworks.prainc.com/article/ssa-forms-and-information under "Annual Updates."
Q: I completed the SOAR online course, and I received feedback that I needed to make revisions. How do I upload my revisions? The course no longer has "browse" and "upload" buttons.
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To submit your revised documents for the SOAR online course, you can reply directly to the email containing your feedback and attach the revised documents, or you can email them to Suzy Sodergren at: ssodergren@prainc.com . If you have any trouble scanning and sending via email, you can also fax...
Q: Can the SOAR process be used for Children?
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Although the SOAR approach is focused on adults with disabilities who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, SOAR practitioners often ask for basic information to help them understand the disability determination process for children. The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center developed an Issue Brief on this...
Q: Can SSA flag a case as a SOAR case?
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Some states will have SSA flag the case as "Homeless" and then put "SOAR" in the remarks section. This is not fool-proof because DDS has to open the case and look for the SOAR "remark" in order to assign it to the appropriate unit. They may not always look for it when...