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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: 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?
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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: Does an individual have to be homeless for SOAR to file for them?
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SOAR is a model developed to help those who are experiencing or at-risk for homelessness, so they don’t need to fit the literal definition of homeless. At-risk for homelessness can include those who are in transitional housing, couch-surfing, exiting jails/institutions without somewhere to live,...
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: What does it mean if an applicant receives a letter that says s/he has been found "not disabled as of a certain date"?
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This letter applies to an individual’s eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSDI is an insurance program that you pay into when you work through a portion of FICA payroll taxes. As such, when you stop working, you stop paying into this program and eventually your “insured”...