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?
Yes, discharge status does not matter for citizens.
Q: How can I access Social Security documents in Spanish?
The Social Security Administration publishes Spanish versions of all their forms. There is also a Spanish version of their website: https://www.ssa.gov/espanol .
Q: VA staff have access to veteran's VA medical record throughout local and remote data system. How do VA staff provide these records as part of the SOAR packet? What does VA require to document disclosures?
In recent years, DDS has developed the ability to quickly access VA medical records electronically, which should be triggered when you fill out the electronic application (specifically the SSA-3368 Adult Disability Report) and document that the applicant received treatment from the Veterans Health...
Q: After registering for the online course, at what point has it been too long to send in the MSR?
It's never been too long! You are welcome to submit your documents for the SOAR Online Course practice case at any time and the system will never time you out. If you have specific questions about your practice case, email them to soaronline@prainc.com .