Recently Asked Questions

I'm working with a client who has indicated that both her treating psychiatrist and her primary care doctor are willing to sign the MSR. Is there any advantage to having 2 signatures? Could this cause any issues? in Medical Summary Report (MSR)
It's great that she has two doctors willing to sign! Yes, we recommend including both signatures -- it sends a stronger message that they are both on board with the content. And it won't cause any issues.
How long is the certification from the SOAR online courses good for? is there an expiration date? in SOAR Online Course
From the perspective of the SAMHSA SOAR TA center, there is no expiration date. Since you have passed the SOAR Online Course and received a Certificate of Completion, you are “SOAR-trained.” While we do not require additional training or re-certification, we do recommend visiting our website...
What is considered a medical impairment? (i.e. Global developmental Delay in a child under the age of 5?) in Children and Youth
SSA’s definition of disability differs from a solely medical definition in that it encompasses the child’s ability to function as compared with the functional abilities of a child of the same age who does not have impairments. According to SSA, a medically determinable physical or mental impairment...
For the SSI application under in-kind support, do you include SNAP benefits? If so, what would be a good estimate if amount is unknown? in Application Process
SNAP benefits are accounted for in question #57 on the SSA-8000 and, therefore, would not count as in-kind/cash support for Questions #37a-b.