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: Can I get a certificate of completion even though I'm not licensed as a Social Worker or MFTI, etc.? I work for a non profit.
A.
Yes, as long as you successfully complete the practice case component of the SOAR Online Course, you will receive a certificate of completion. It comes with 20 CEUs from the National Association of Social Workers for those who are licensed, but the course is open and available for those who are not...
Q: I'm curious if there are other county jails or correctional facilities that may have a quick check list put together that is used to determine who may or may not qualify right off the bat? I'm new to SOAR and still working to complete course.
A.
Yes, the SOAR "Identifying SOAR Applicants" tool has a Criminal Justice version that can be found at: https://soarworks.prainc.com/article/criminal-justice-tools
Q: Is there any reason to apply for SSDI for someone who has a 1 year work history and does not qualify for Disabled Adult Child benefits?
A.
Yes! SSA will explore eligibility for SSDI for any adult applying for SSI benefits. The application is quick, easy and online. You will complete the SSDI application (called the Online Disability Benefit Application) when you are online completing the Online Adult Disability Report. It comes first...
Q: Can SSA flag a case as a SOAR case?
A.
Some states will have SSA flag the case as "Homeless" and then put "SOAR" in the remarks section. This is not fool-proof because DDS has to open the case and look for the SOAR "remark" in order to assign it to the appropriate unit. They may not always look for it when...