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: Is there any place to find a completed sample of the SSA-8000-BK?
Yes, you can find samples of completed SSA forms here: http://soarworks.prainc.com/article/sample-soar-application-packet
Q: How can we track Medicaid reimbursements?
Most SOAR programs that have a hospital collaboration will work with the hospital’s billing department to collect information on reimbursed expenses for each SOAR applicant approved. Some are able to separate out Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements; others have just a total for all reimbursements...
Q: How can I get our local hospital involved in our SOAR effort?
The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center developed an issue brief regarding collaborating with hospitals. You can read it here: http://soarworks.prainc.com/article/collaborating-hospitals-how-primer
Q: Can someone apply using the SOAR process whose primary ailment is a physical ailment?
You can absolutely use the SOAR critical components for a person with a physical ailment. There are many people that have been denied for years without the help of an advocate to get through the process. That said, we don't want to encourage people to only help those that have an "obvious"...