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 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: 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.
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: email@example.com . If you have any trouble scanning and sending via email, you can also fax...
Q: My agency received a bill for medical records. What should we do if we do not have funding available to pay the bill?
Most states have laws that regulate what health care providers can charge individuals for copies of their medical records. However, these rules do not necessarily apply to providers requesting records. In addition, some states provide an exception for records needed to apply for a disability...
Q: If someone already receives SSI, is it possible that they might qualify for SSDI instead? Is it worth pursuing?
When an applicant files for SSI, they are automatically also considered for any SSDI benefits (or other associated benefits) for which they may be eligible at the time of application. If the applicant is not eligible at the time of application for SSDI, but is eligible for SSI, they may become...
Q: Why would someone have their SSI benefits check reduced by one-third?
It sounds like they may be living in a situation that SSA calls Living Arrangement B, which is when someone is living with a family member or friend and is receiving food and shelter at no cost. SSA calls that "in-kind support and maintenance" and generally reduces the individual's...