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.

Welcome

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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: During the ALJ hearing, is it okay to have your client physically demonstrate simple movements to show physical limitations that records may not document?
A.
Not really. There are many reasons for this. Firstly, hearings are tape recorded and physical movements won’t show up on audio. As well, any physical limitations that are the basis of a disability claim must have medical records to back it up, not just an ALJ’s observations. Courts have discounted...
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: Once I have passed the SOAR Online Course am I required to attend any other trainings in order to keep my certification?
A.
The SOAR TA Center does not require any further training but we always recommend that SOAR-trained practitioners stay up-to-date by re-visiting the website, reading our e-newsletters, attending our webinars, etc. While we consider those who pass the SOAR Online Course to be "SOAR-trained," it is...
Q: Is there any place to find a completed sample of the SSA-8000-BK?
A.
Yes, you can find samples of completed SSA forms here .