Increase SSI/SSDI Approval Rates

Increase SSI/SSDI Approval Rates

Increase SSI/SSDI Approval Rates

Increase SSI/SSDI Approval Rates

Increase SSI/SSDI Approval Rates

SOAR seeks to end homelessness through increased access to SSI/SSDI income supports. The pictured individuals —real SOAR applicants— are a fraction of the over 50,000 people whose lives have changed because of the SOAR process.

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SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is a national program designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults and children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. 

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Recent Questions About SOAR

Q: I'm trying to upload the SSA forms for the SOAR online course and I'm getting a message that the file size is too large. How do I submit my forms for the course if I cannot upload them?
A.
If you are having difficulty uploading documents for the SOAR online course, you can email your course packet directly to Suzy Sodergren at: ssodergren@prainc.com (link sends e-mail) . If you were able to upload some, but not all, of the course documents you can email Suzy and attach those...
Q: How do unemployment benefits affect a client's Social Security Benefits?
A.
Unemployment benefits would affect SSI because it is counted as unearned income. So, each dollar of unemployment would count against the $733* unearned income limit for SSI. Unemployment benefits do not count toward the substantial gainful activity limit of $1,090* earnings per month because they...
Q: I'm working with a youth on SSI who is soon turning 18. When can he apply for SSI as an adult?
A.
In general, a child/youth can apply for adult benefits the month before they turn 18. There is a new exception for disabled youth transitioning out of foster care. Disabled youth receiving Title IV-E federal foster care benefits usually cannot become eligible for SSI until foster care payments have...
Q: What is a SOAR Application?
A.
The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center considers a "SOAR application" to be one in which all (or most) of the SOAR critical components are done. These include serving as the person's representative with the SSA-1696, collecting medical records and writing a Medical Summary Report documenting the person's...