Welcome

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: Is there a refresher course for those who already attended an in-person SOAR training?
A.
In many communities SOAR Local Leads and SOAR Trainers will provide one-day SOAR Fundamentals refresher trainings for individuals who have completed the two-day in-person Stepping Stones to Recovery training or the SOAR Online Course. You can contact leads in your state here: http://soarworks...
Q: Am I allowed to disclose mental health treatment and counseling records to SSA?
A.
Mental health treatment records are a necessary and integral part of the evidence needed for DDS to make a disability determination for someone alleging mental illness as an impairment. You are permitted and encouraged to support a claimant’s application with the disclosure of your records (with...
Q: How much does the SOAR online course cost?
A.
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: What does DDS stand for?
A.
DDS stands for Disability Determination Services. For further details, see: http://soarworks.prainc.com/article/access-ssa-disability-programs-players-roles-tasks .