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 we determine the initial Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) that shows us where to begin? Is this based on the RFC that comes from DDS? How do we determine RFC before that?
A.
If you are working on an appeal, you will want to review the file to see DDS’s RFC which was the basis for denial. DDS officially determines the RFC. DDS’ opinions take the form of RFC assessments, physical, mental, or both. Essentially, the DDS physician reviews the claimant’s medical records,...
Q: If a child receives SSI, how does the family's income affect his/her benefits?
A.
"When we decide if your child can get SSI, we consider your child’s income and resources. We also consider the income and resources of family members living in the child’s household. These rules apply if your child lives at home. They also apply if he or she is away at school but returns home from...
Q: How do I download SSA forms from the SOAR Online Course to my computer where I can complete them?
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All of the forms required for the SOAR online course are located in Class 1 on the “ Meet your Client ” page. Right-click on each file, choose "Save Target As" (or "Save Link As" if using Firefox), and save in an easily-accessible location on your computer. The forms may also be opened as pdfs and...
Q: In a community collaboration, is it appropriate that an attorney handle the SOAR process as opposed to a case manager?
A.
People from varying backgrounds, education and experience can successfully assist with SSI/SSDI applications using the SOAR process. It takes the right training and commitment! Case managers can and do successfully represent applicants in the initial application process and the appeals process...