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.

Welcome

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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. 

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Recent Questions About SOAR

Q: What does it mean if an applicant receives a letter that says s/he has been found "not disabled as of a certain date"?
A.
This letter applies to an individual’s eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSDI is an insurance program that you pay into when you work through a portion of FICA payroll taxes. As such, when you stop working, you stop paying into this program and eventually your “insured”...
Q: Is there an online training or webinar that focuses on SOAR applications for those who have already been denied and are in the appeal process?
A.
Yes, we have a number of resources on the SOAR website to help provide information and guidance through the appeals process. They can all be found here in the Library: https://soarworks.prainc.com/topics/appeals I recommend starting with this article about Appeals: https://soarworks.prainc.com/...
Q: I cannot find the template or blank file for MSR. Should I just create a word document following the rubric?
A.
The Medical Summary Report (MSR) Interview Guide and Template is a great tool for writing the MSR. The Interview Guide portion contains key questions to ask applicants when gathering evidence for the application. The Template contains main headings that may be used when formatting the MSR. Be sure...
Q: If someone asks for a copy of their Medical Summary Report, do you give them a copy ?
A.
The short answer is "yes." If someone asks to see their Medical Summary Report, you can provide it to them in the same manner that your agency would release a copy of their medical records to them. However, there are some other factors to keep in mind. Since the MSR focuses on an applicant's...