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.

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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. 

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: In a community collaboration, is it appropriate that an attorney handle the SOAR process as opposed to a case manager?
A.
People from varying backgrounds, education and experience can successfully assist with SSI/SSDI applications using the SOAR process. It takes the right training and commitment! Case managers can and do successfully represent applicants in the initial application process and the appeals process...
Q: How can I find more information on Fibromyalgia? Is there a Listing?
A.
Since Fibromyalgia is not a listed impairment, SSA offers guidance for how to evaluate. Here is the link- https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/rulings/di/01/SSR2012-02-di-01.html
Q: How do I print my SOAR certificate?
A.
When you log-in to the SOAR website, go to your Profile page. There, you will see a link to access the Certificate of Completion that was e-mailed to you when you passed the course.
Q: Are the CEUs offered by SOAR Online Course approved by the American Counseling Association or the National Board of Certified Counselors?
A.
The CEUs offered by the SOAR Online Course are approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).