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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 long is the SOAR Online training?
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We estimate that it will take 16-20 hours to complete the Online Course. This includes the completion of the Practice Case in which you will submit an SSI/SSDI application packet for a fictitious client to the SOAR TA Center.
Q: As the appointed representative, if I am not able to pay for copies of the medical records, can I get them from SSA or DDS?
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As the claimant’s representative (using the SSA-1696 Appointment of Representative Form ), you can request a copy of the claimant’s previous and current files, which include the medical records SSA and DDS received with the application. These documents are generally provided on a CD. This is...
Q: What is the PATH Program and why do people keep talking about it?
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The Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program is administered by the Center for Mental Health Services, a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). PATH is a formula grant to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico...
Q: In the SOAR Online Course practice case, I inadvertently loaded blank forms 827 & 1696. It will not let me delete those and upload the completed ones. What do I do?
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If you go back to the Practice Case in Class 2 you should be able to click the red "Remove" button to remove the blank forms and re-upload the completed versions. If you have already submitted your entire application packet in Class 7 you will not be able to make any of the changes online. However...