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: Are there any sources of income that are not counted towards your SSI claim (i.e., VA Disability, Child Support)?
A.
Yes, there are a number of unearned income (e.g. income derived from a source other than working) exclusions in the SSI program. There is a comprehensive list here, with links to more information about each source: https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0500830099 . VA Disability payments are not...
Q: Clients, friends, and even colleagues often cite me this "fact" regarding applications for SSI and SSDI: "You always get denied initially and then win on appeal." I usually explain that I don't believe this is generally true. What do you say?
A.
Yes, this is definitely something we hear quite a bit and a very pervasive rumor that an applicant has to be denied X number or times, or can only win on appeal. The truth is that if the evidence is in the initial filing showing that an applicant meets the criteria for SSI or SSDI, he/she will be...
Q: Can someone apply using the SOAR process whose primary ailment is a physical ailment?
A.
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"...
Q: My computer does not allow me to save fillable forms. How do I submit those forms as part of my SOAR Online Course practice case?
A.
We recommend downloading Adobe Reader XI (available for free) https://get.adobe.com/reader/ Otherwise, you have a few other options. You can print the forms, complete them by hand and then scan, save and upload those files. If you do not have a scanner, you can fax them to us at 518-439-7612. If...