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: How do I calculate the days to decision for SOAR applications?
A.
We calculate from the date of the application (when the completed SOAR packet is turned in) to the date that DDS makes the decision and transfers the case back to SSA. (Not the date of the letter from SSA, as that is often delayed).
Q: How do you submit the MSR for online applications for SSDI? Also, how do you complete a SOAR application when SSA requires an applicant to go in for an interview and that is where they fill out the application? Do I use the forms I printed from training
A.
Great questions! For the MSR, there currently isn’t a way to submit that online unless you are registered with DDS to use Electronic Records Express. Through that system, you can submit medical records and additional documentation by uploading it to the ERE system. I recommend reaching out to your...
Q: Why would someone get two checks?
A.
In certain circumstances, someone can get both SSI and SSDI. This happens when someone is approved for SSDI, but their monthly check is lower than the full SSI Federal Benefit Rate (FBR)*. This could be due to earning low wages throughout the employment history or limited recent work. In this case...
Q: Can I submit a SOAR application for a homeless client who has physical disabilities but not mental illness?
A.
Absolutely! SOAR is designed to assist individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment , and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.