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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: 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: I am working with a person who has already applied for SSI and been denied. His request for reconsideration has also been denied. What can I do now to help? Is there anything I can do to speed up the process?
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You can help him file for a hearing before an administrative law judge. It is in the applicant's best interest to keep the appeals process going because if he is approved at the hearing level he will be eligible for back payments going back to the protective filing date of his initial application...
Q: I am looking for a contact at my local SSA office, who should I call?
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You should contact your SOAR State Team Lead or Local Lead to find out if there is a designated SOAR liaison at your local SSA office. You can find your local contacts here: http://soarworks.prainc.com/directory
Q: Can a person receive both unemployment and SSDI?
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Technically, it is possible to receive both unemployment benefits and SSDI, but it gets tricky. When you apply for unemployment benefits you attest that you are ABLE to work but you lost your job through no fault of your own and are actively looking for work. When you apply for disability benefits...