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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: How do I become involved in SSI/SSDI cases that are already in process? What about cases that have been going on for a long time, such as those waiting for a hearing or appeal?
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If the case is at the initial or reconsideration stage, you should first ask the person if he/she is willing to sign for you to be his/her representative. Then ask the DDS if, as the person’s representative, you may review the individual’s file. You may ask the DDS to send what they have...
Q: If a U.S. Citizen is dishonorably discharged, can s/he still receive Social Security benefits?
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Yes, discharge status does not matter for citizens.
Q: I'm trying to upload the SSA forms for the SOAR online course and I'm getting a message that the file size is too large. How do I submit my forms for the course if I cannot upload them?
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If you are having difficulty uploading documents for the SOAR online course, you can email your course packet directly to Suzy Sodergren at: ssodergren@prainc.com (link sends e-mail) . If you were able to upload some, but not all, of the course documents you can email Suzy and attach those...
Q: How do you answer the question: What date applicant became disabled or unable to work? when there is not an exact diagnosis date in medical records.
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The date the applicant became disabled is not necessarily the date that he/she was first diagnosed. SSA is looking for the date on which they were unable to work at a substantial gainful level due to their illnessess/conditions. You should enter the date that they were no longer able to work (or...