OAT and Outcomes
The goal of SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. Data collected from states and communities that implement the SOAR model provide evidence that SOAR Works!
An evaluation of the SOAR model concluded that better outcomes were achieved when providers used the SOAR model to complete SSI/SSDI applications.
Find the answers to your most commonly asked questions about OAT below!
The SOAR Online Application Tracking (OAT) program is a secure web-based system that allows SOAR case managers to easily track their SOAR SSI/SSDI applications. Tracking outcomes is an essential piece of funding and sustainability efforts.
On this webinar, held on February 27, the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center presented its 2017 Outcomes and highlighted incredible successes from across the country.
This webinar, held on May 18, 2016, reviewed the features of the updated Online Application Tracking (OAT) system.
In this webinar, held on February 24, 2016, the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center shared results from the 2015 SOAR Outcomes Summary.
The SOAR TA Center has released the outcomes of SSI/SSDI applications submitted using the SOAR process from 2006 through June 30, 2017.
The SOAR TA Center has released the outcomes of SSI/SSDI applications submitted using the SOAR process from 2006 through June 30, 2016.
Over the last 10 years, the SOAR approach has been used to assist nearly 50,000 people who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness with applications for Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefit programs. The SOAR TA Center is excited to release the 2015 National SOAR outcomes for SSI/SSDI applications submitted using the SOAR process from 2006 through June 30, 2015.
The SOAR TA Center has released the outcomes of SSI/SSDI applications submitted using the SOAR process from 2006 through June 30, 2014.
The following stories were submitted with permission to the SOAR Technical Assistance Center in response to a call for examples of how Social Security disability benefits have changed the lives of people who were experiencing or at risk for homelessness.
The SOAR TA Center has released the outcomes of SSI/SSDI applications submitted using the SOAR process from 2006 through June 30, 2013.
SOAR Voices Blogs
By Kate Baasch, M.A., ATR-BC, L.P.C., Senior Case Manager & Art Therapist at Miriam's Kitchen in Washington, D.C.
Miriam's Kitchen is thrilled to share this recent SOAR success. Disability Determination Services (DDS) decided a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim for us in 4 hours and the number of days from application submission to decision was 35! Here's how it happened:
We have been collecting SOAR outcomes for 11 years now and as tedious as data collection can seem, it never gets old. Every application, every approval, every dollar saved, and cost reimbursed represents a life changed, a system improved, and a difference made.
I look at the spreadsheets, tables and numbers, and see the case manager at their desk opening the letter from SSA informing them that an applicant has been approved. I can hear the cow bells ringing, see the “SOAR approval dances,” and feel the joy of the mother of two unlocking the door to her family’s first apartment.
I look forward every year to the time when we collect outcomes from states and communities on SOAR-assisted SSA disability applications. I realize that the data entry required to collect the outcomes can be a challenge, but these outcomes are vital to the success of SOAR both nationally and locally. Being able to report how an individual community is doing is frequently pivotal in securing support from other community providers and funding sources.
One of the key elements of the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) approach to completing Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits applications is the use of five “critical components.” These components of application assistance include: