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: What are your recommendations if the client does not have enough medical documentation to support their illness ?
A.
To meet SSA’s definition of disability, the applicant’s diagnosis must be documented in medical records, laboratory reports, or other clinical findings of a physician or psychologist. DDS prefers that medical evidence come from an ongoing treatment provider. If this medical documentation is not...
Q: When completing the SOAR Online Course, how do you complete the SSA 16 and SSA 3368? Both of these are to be completed online, but in the final submission both of those forms are listed as being required to submit.
A.
For purposes of the SOAR Online Course, the SSA-16 and SSA-3368 paper forms will be completed. Since you are working with a fictional applicant, do not attempt to complete or submit the Online Disability Benefits application. For further guidance, please revisit the Class 1 Practice Case page, "...
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...
Q: My client had been receiving SSI prior to being incarcerated. He is now out of jail and would like me to get his benefits turned back on. He has not had it for 2 years now - do we have to start all over again?
A.
For applicants that have received SSI prior to incarceration, a new application must be submitted if the applicant was incarcerated for more than 12 months.