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: If a U.S. Citizen is dishonorably discharged, can s/he still receive Social Security benefits?
A.
Yes, discharge status does not matter for citizens.
Q: What does "battery and cruelty" mean on the SSA-8000?
A.
Question #13 about "battery and cruelty" on the SSA-8000 applies only to immigrants and refers to domestic violence or child abuse. The SSA policy and operations manual states: "The alien claimant, the alien claimant's child, or the alien claimant's parent, must be determined to have been battered...
Q: Can an Acceptable Medical Source (AMS) sign the Medical Summary Report if the client's main disabilities are mental but the AMS has mainly treated them for physical conditions?
A.
Yes. By signing the MSR, the AMS is only indicating that they believe the included information to be true. It is likely that the provider has spoken with the individual about his/her mental illness, seen some records to that effect, and/or has witnessed some symptoms. In order to treat a patient...
Q: My computer does not allow me to save fillable forms. How do I submit those forms as part of my SOAR Online Course practice case?
A.
We recommend downloading Adobe Reader XI (available for free) https://get.adobe.com/reader/ Otherwise, you have a few other options. You can print the forms, complete them by hand and then scan, save and upload those files. If you do not have a scanner, you can fax them to us at 518-439-7612. If...