Criminal Justice


Communities across the country are increasingly working to implement SOAR specifically in criminal justice settings to connect individuals with key income supports and other benefits, such as health insurance—playing a role in maximizing connections to essential care, income, and housing. These tools and worksheets are designed specifically for providers working with people in the criminal justice system to help them through the SSI/SSDI application process.

Living in an institutional setting will affect SSI benefits. There are differences between state institutional settings and non-state institutional settings.

On January 17, 2018, on behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the SOAR Technical Assistance (TA) Center announced the second round of recipients of the SOAR Criminal Justice (CJ) TA Awards.

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.

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding justice-involved persons and SSI/SSDI benefits.


This webinar, held on Wednesday, October 24, was presented by the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center in partnership with the SAMHSA GAINS Center.  We explored how SOAR implementation in criminal justice settings can be a strong reentry tool to increase housing stability and promote post-release success.

Issue Briefs

This issue brief, developed by the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center describes best practices for increasing access to SSI/SSDI benefits for people with mental illness who are reentering the community from jails and prisons.

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