SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Online Training
The SOAR Online Course trains case managers to assist individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder to apply for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The techniques taught in this course can improve the quality and completeness of any application for SSI/SSDI. Individuals who complete the course are encouraged to use what they learn to improve SSI/SSDI applications for themselves or others.
However, those who enroll in this course agree that the label “SOAR” will only be used on SSI/SSDI applications for persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Throughout the course you will be introduced to a fictional applicant via video interviews, medical records, and progress notes. Using the information you gather, you will complete SSA forms and write a Medical Summary Report (MSR) for the applicant. Finally, you will submit your application packet to the SOAR Technical Assistance (TA) Center for review. Upon approval, you will receive a certificate of completion and 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). There is no charge for this course.
We estimate that it will take about 20 hours to complete the entire course. You can work at your own pace; starting and stopping as you wish. However, we encourage you to complete the course within 30 days if you are able. This will help you retain the information you have already learned and get you connected sooner to your local SOAR initiatives.
A recent evaluation of the SOAR Online Course was published in Frontiers in Public Health and found that trainees highly value the practice SSI/SSDI application and comprehensive feedback provided by experts at the SOAR TA Center. After completing the SOAR Online Course, 94% of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, “I feel more confident about assisting with an actual SSI/SSDI application having completed the practice case.”
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