Increase SSI/SSDI Approval Rates

Increase SSI/SSDI Approval Rates

Increase SSI/SSDI Approval Rates

Increase SSI/SSDI Approval Rates

Increase SSI/SSDI Approval Rates

SOAR seeks to end homelessness through increased access to SSI/SSDI income supports. The pictured individuals —real SOAR applicants— are a fraction of the over 50,000 people whose lives have changed because of the SOAR process.

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SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is a national program designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults and children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. 

The goals of the SOAR program speak directly to one of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives - Recovery Supports. SOAR seeks to end homelessness through increased access to SSI/SSDI income supports, directly addressing SAMHSA’s assertion: “To recover, people need a safe stable place to live.” This is essential, and for many persons in recovery accessing benefits is a first step.  But SOAR extends beyond and also encourages employment as a means to increase individual income and promote recovery in line with the SAMHSA assertion that: “to recover, people need meaningful work and the ability to enhance their skills through education.”

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Recent Questions About SOAR

Q: What exactly is "equaling" a listing- does that just mean the claimant's specific condition is not listed under the body system but meets severity criteria?
A.
If the claimant does not have an impairment that is not described in the Listings, First, SSA will find the Listing (or Listings) that is closely analogous to the claimant’s impairment. SSA will then take the medical findings related to the claimant’s impairment and compare them to those in the...
Q: What is the link for the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT)?
A.
Dictionary of Occupational Titles: https://occupationalinfo.org/
Q: Can I submit a SOAR application for a homeless client who has physical disabilities but not mental illness?
A.
Absolutely! SOAR is designed to assist individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment , and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.
Q: Do I need to submit a SSA-3369 Work History Report with an initial application?
A.
The SSA-3369 Work History report is only necessary if/when DDS reaches step 4 of the Sequential Evaluation. In this case, DDS will contact you to request it. You can read more about the SSA-3369 here: https://soarworks.prainc.com/article/ssa-3369-work-history-report .