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: I am completing the SOAR Online Course and I'm wondering how many CEUs will be awarded to me after completion? Also, what is the time frame for getting that recognition?
A.
Upon successful completion of the practice case in the SOAR Online Course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and 20 continuing education (CE) contact hours from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Once you submit your case study packet in Class 7, your application packet...
Q: Where can you find information about Medical-Vocational Guidelines (Grids)?
A.
Here is the SSA link to the Medical Vocational guidelines, also called Grids: https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/404/404-app-p02.htm
Q: Are there trainings available for physicians to help improve medical record documentation?
A.
The Documenting Disabilities training from the National Health Care for the Homeless Council is a great way to train doctors in the community on creating medical records and documentation that can help assist with SSI/SSDI applications. It clarifies the myths and helps develop a better...
Q: When SOAR says SSA decisions for applications using the SOAR model are usually made in an average of 96 days (in 2017), is this based on the protective filing date or the time when the application is turned in to SSA?
A.
When reporting data in our SOAR national outcomes, we calculate days to decision from the time the application is turned in to SSA until DDS makes a decision on the application. The receipt from the Online Disability Benefit Application will show the date the application was received by SSA and the...