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: Is military deployment considered living overseas on question SSA-8000 15(a)?
A.
No, military deployments do not count as residency abroad.
Q: Is there a refresher course for those who already attended an in-person SOAR training?
A.
In many communities SOAR Local Leads and SOAR Trainers will provide one-day SOAR Fundamentals refresher trainings for individuals who have completed the two-day in-person Stepping Stones to Recovery training or the SOAR Online Course. You can contact leads in your state here: http://soarworks...
Q: If someone already receives SSI, is it possible that they might qualify for SSDI instead? Is it worth pursuing?
A.
When an applicant files for SSI, they are automatically also considered for any SSDI benefits (or other associated benefits) for which they may be eligible at the time of application. If the applicant is not eligible at the time of application for SSDI, but is eligible for SSI, they may become...
Q: Are medical providers required to respond to your request for medical records once you provide a copy of the SSA 827 to them? Is eliciting cooperation from them generally an issue for case managers?
A.
Generally speaking, medical providers are not legally bound to provide records to a third party. They are not required to provide records to DDS, either. However, HIPAA regulations require healthcare providers to provide individuals copies of their own records: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-...