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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: In the SOAR Online Course practice case, I inadvertently loaded blank forms 827 & 1696. It will not let me delete those and upload the completed ones. What do I do?
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If you go back to the Practice Case in Class 2 you should be able to click the red "Remove" button to remove the blank forms and re-upload the completed versions. If you have already submitted your entire application packet in Class 7 you will not be able to make any of the changes online. However...
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: Is an individual trained in the SOAR model able to charge a fee for this service?
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The expectation is that providers involved with SOAR do not charge persons applying for SSA disability benefits for their services. We work closely with providers to identify alternative sources of funding for their programs. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have identified various...
Q: I'm working with a youth on SSI who is soon turning 18. When can he apply for SSI as an adult?
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In general, a child/youth can apply for adult benefits the month before they turn 18. There is a new exception for disabled youth transitioning out of foster care. Disabled youth receiving Title IV-E federal foster care benefits usually cannot become eligible for SSI until foster care payments have...