SOAR Technical Assistance Opportunity for Criminal Justice Programs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center is accepting applications from Criminal Justice agencies and institutions that have not yet participated in the federally sponsored SOAR Technical Assistance Program.

SAMHSA’s SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) program assists states and localities to expedite access to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs -- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) -- for persons who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness and who have a mental illness, a co-occurring substance use disorder or other serious medical condition.

To connect individuals leaving correctional facilities or involved in criminal justice (CJ) systems or specialty courts for needed treatment, it is critical to leverage state and federal investments such as SSI and SSDI. These federal programs can promote access to services that increase the likelihood of post release success and contribute to the reduction in recidivism. Currently, all 50 states participate in the federally sponsored SOAR program and we are working to expand SOAR within agencies, facilities and court systems interested in innovative ways to address the needs of people that are involved in the justice system.

On behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), we are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from agencies and institutions that provide services to individuals that are involved in the criminal justice system. Eligible candidates are those that are not currently successfully implementing SOAR.

CJ agencies are are invited to submit a brief, 3-5 page application in response to the Request for Applications (RFA) by February 10, 2017. A message of interest and intent to file an application is requested, but not required, by January 27, 2017. Please click here to see the documents referred to in the RFA. Applications must be submitted electronically Dazara Ware at and are due no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific on February 10, 2017.

Questions about the application process or the SOAR TA Project in general should also be directed to Ms. Ware. She can be reached by phone at (518) 439-7415, ext. 5260 or by e-mail as noted above.