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 requested records from a provider using a faxed copy of both the SSA-827 and my agency’s release. This provider will not release them without an original signature on the authorization form and I only have a copy. What do I do?
You should be able to use the copy of the authorization that you have to request the records. According to a clarification letter drafted by the Director of the Office of Civil Rights on April 25, 2003, “A copy, facsimile, or electronically transmitted version of a signed authorization is also a...
Q: How much does the SOAR online course cost?
The SOAR online course is available free of charge. Anyone interested in SOAR training is welcome to enroll at any time. The course is self-paced and you can receive support and assistance by contacting your SOAR TA Center Liaison or SOAR state/local lead, found here .
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?
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...
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?
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...