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.”
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: When SOAR says SSA decisions for applications using the SOAR model are usually made in an average of 81 days (in 2015), is this based on the protective filing date or the time when the application is turned in to SSA?
When reporting data in our SOAR national outcomes, we calculate days to decision from the time the application is turned in to SSA until DDS makes a decision on the application. The receipt from the Online Disability Benefit Application will show the date the application was received by SSA and the...
Q: I just went with someone to a consultative examination. When will we hear the decision on the application?
It depends! In many DDS offices the consultative exam (CE) examiners are allowed 30 days to file their report/evaluation after the exam. They may or may not be turned in on time. Once the DDS examiner gets the report it may take some time to finish their recommendation and transfer it to the...
Q: I'm curious if there are other county jails or correctional facilities that may have a quick check list put together that is used to determine who may or may not qualify right off the bat? I'm new to SOAR and still working to complete course.
Yes, the SOAR "Identifying SOAR Applicants" tool has a Criminal Justice version that can be found at: https://soarworks.prainc.com/article/criminal-justice-tools