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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 am completing the SOAR works training and I'm wondering how many CEUs will be awarded to me after completion? Also, what is the time frame for getting that recognition?
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Upon successful completion of the practice case in the SOAR Online Course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and 16 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Once you submit your case study packet in Class 7, your application packet will be...
Q: Are there trainings available for physicians to help improve medical record documentation?
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The Documenting Disabilities training from the National Health Care for the Homeless Council is a great way to train doctors in the community on creating medical records and documentation that can help assist with SSI/SSDI applications. It clarifies the myths and helps develop a better...
Q: I already have medical records from another provider in my chart/file. Can I send those to SSA now that I am helping this individual apply for SSI/SSDI benefits?
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Most states prohibit the re-release or “further release” of records once they have been released to an entity that originally requested them. However, if you send a request for records using the SOAR Process, which includes (1) a signed SSA-827 Authorization to Disclose Information and (2) a signed...
Q: Do you have a suggested, ideal timeline for case workers to follow?
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Yes! Please see Steps to Completing an Initial SOAR SSI/SSDI Application . This guide is intended to help you complete a SOAR SSI/SSDI application in stages so that you aren’t overwhelmed.