SOAR Updates

SOAR Article in Psychiatric News
April 28, 2014

An article about SOAR appears in Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.  The article, "Defendants With Mental Illness Diverted to Social Security System," features the Miami, FL SOAR program and it's integration with the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Mental Health Project (CMHP) in Miami-Dade County.  It also includes a quote from our very own Dazara Ware, Senior Project Associate for the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center! Click here to read the article.

April 2014 SOAR eNews
April 4, 2014
Read the April 2014 issue of the SOAR eNewsletter here.
2013 SOAR National Outcomes Released
March 14, 2014
The SOAR TA Center is excited to release the outcomes of SSI/SSDI applications submitted using the SOAR process from 2006 through June 30, 2013. Click here to see the 2013 SOAR National Outcomes.
March 2014 SOAR eNews
March 5, 2014
Read the March 2014 issue of the SOAR eNewsletter here.


Social Security Online Application Process Revision
February 7, 2014
The online application process for SSA disability benefits has changed.  Beginning January 25, 2014, there is no longer an online “Adult Disability Report” but rather an SSA web page titled: “Apply Online for Disability Benefits.” The “Adult Disability Report” and “Filing for Disability Benefits” will no longer be separate websites. The goal of the changes to SSA’s website is to create a seamless pathway for online customers to file for disability benefits via a single access point. See
25 New Compassionate Allowances
February 7, 2014

In January, SSA announced 25 new Compassionate Allowances conditions, including a dozen cancers. This brings the total number of conditions to 225. The Compassionate Allowances program identifies claims where the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability. To date, almost 200,000 people with severe disabilities have been approved through this fast-track disability process. For more information on the program, including a list of all Compassionate Allowances conditions, please visit

February 2014 SOAR eNews
February 7, 2014

Read the February 2014 issue of the SOAR eNewsletter here.

HUD's NOFA: Score More with SOAR
January 9, 2014

HUD’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the FY 2013-FY 2014 Continuum of Care competition was released on November 22, with applications due on February 3, 2014.  Read more about it in our January 2014 eNewsletter.

January 2014 SOAR e-News
January 9, 2014

Read the January 2014 issue of the SOAR eNewsletter here.

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day: December 21, 2013
November 18, 2013

The National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day will be on December 21, 2013, the first day of winter. Communities throughout the country organize events to honor the lives of individuals who died this year while living on our streets. The National Healthcare for the Homeless Council is a co-sponsor of the event and has resources for communities looking to host a Memorial Day event. Information, including an organizing manual, can be found here: