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.”
Recent Questions About SOAR
Q: In the SOAR Online Course, do I fill out my name and contact information on the SSA forms, or do I pretend to be the case worker?
When completing the Practice Case in the SOAR Online Course, you are acting as the case worker completing an application for the fictional applicant. Use the case worker's name and contact information found in the progress/case notes.
Q: What are your recommendations if the client does not have enough medical documentation to support their illness ?
To meet SSA’s definition of disability, the applicant’s diagnosis must be documented in medical records, laboratory reports, or other clinical findings of a physician or psychologist. DDS prefers that medical evidence come from an ongoing treatment provider. If this medical documentation is not...
Q: What happens when a child receiving SSI reaches the age of 18?
At age 18, young adults who were eligible for SSI as children are evaluated to determine if they qualify for benefits under the adult definition of disability. This redetermination process is essential to many youth who continue to need the support of SSI. For children, disability is determined by...
Q: What is the monthly SSI benefit?
SSI has a monthly federal benefit rate that changes each year plus any available state supplement. You can find the current benefit amounts at http://soarworks.prainc.com/article/ssa-forms-and-information under "Annual Updates."