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 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: My client has not been completely honest with hospital staff because he "does not trust people." Therefore, his medical records do not show all of his illnesses. Should I send all of the records I have, or just the parts that actually show his illnesses?
You should definitely send all of the medical records. SSA has a rule called the “All Evidence Rule” which requires applicants (through their representative) to submit all medical information known, which includes knowledge of impairment and/or treatment sources. Here is a link for more information...
Q: How do unemployment benefits affect a client's Social Security Benefits?
Unemployment benefits would affect SSI because it is counted as unearned income. So, each dollar of unemployment would count against the $733* unearned income limit for SSI. Unemployment benefits do not count toward the substantial gainful activity limit of $1,090* earnings per month because they...
Q: How do I become involved in SSI/SSDI cases that are already in process? What about cases that have been going on for a long time, such as those waiting for a hearing or appeal?
If the case is at the initial or reconsideration stage, you should first ask the person if he/she is willing to sign for you to be his/her representative. Then ask the DDS if, as the person’s representative, you may review the individual’s file. You may ask the DDS to send what they have...
Q: Do I need to submit a SSA-3369 Work History Report with an initial application?
The SSA-3369 Work History report is only necessary if/when DDS reaches step 4 of the Sequential Evaluation. In this case, DDS will contact you to request it. You can read more about the SSA-3369 here: https://soarworks.prainc.com/article/ssa-3369-work-history-report .