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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)

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.”

SOAR 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 mental illness, medical impairment, 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: The SSA-8000 practice application goes from question #9 to #15 and question #14 is asking about veteran status and will not let me mark #14 on the form. Did I miss some info or other checkbox?
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Questions #10-14 on the SSA-8000 apply only to non-U.S. citizens. Some non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if they meet certain conditions, including individuals who are on active duty or Veterans who received an honorable discharge. Spouses, widow(er)s, or...
Q: What does "battery and cruelty" mean on the SSA-8000?
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Question #13 about "battery and cruelty" on the SSA-8000 applies only to immigrants and refers to domestic violence or child abuse. The SSA policy and operations manual states: "The alien claimant, the alien claimant's child, or the alien claimant's parent, must be determined to have been battered...
Q: How do you answer the question: What date applicant became disabled or unable to work? when there is not an exact diagnosis date in medical records.
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The date the applicant became disabled is not necessarily the date that he/she was first diagnosed. SSA is looking for the date on which they were unable to work at a substantial gainful level due to their illnessess/conditions. You should enter the date that they were no longer able to work (or...
Q: I'm trying to upload the SSA forms for the SOAR online course and I'm getting a message that the file size is too large. How do I submit my forms for the course if I cannot upload them?
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If you are having difficulty uploading documents for the SOAR online course, you can email your course packet directly to Suzy Sodergren at: ssodergren@prainc.com (link sends e-mail) . If you were able to upload some, but not all, of the course documents you can email Suzy and attach those...