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: When people get large back-pay checks, how long do they have to spend the funds in order to get their resources below that $2,000 level and not impact future payments?
A.
Generally, SSA will not count the retroactive (back-pay) SSI or Social Security benefits for up to nine months after the person receives them. This includes payments received in installments. When the individual receives his/her award letter it should spell out the exact length of time s/he has to...
Q: Is the SOAR Online Application Tracking (OAT) Program HIPAA Compliant?
A.
Yes, the SOAR Online Application Tracking (OAT) program is fully HIPAA compliant. The system does not collect any personally identifying information about applicants during any part of the process. When users add a new applicant to the database, they create a unique applicant ID. The use of this ID...
Q: If a person has already filed an SSI/SSDI application prior to meeting with the SOAR benefit specialist and they meet SOAR criteria, can we still file the SSA 1696 and represent the client's claim under the SOAR model if the client requests this?
A.
Absolutely! SOAR case workers can submit the SSA-1696: Appointment of Representative form to the SSA field office, and then begin communicating with SSA/DDS about the status of the application and any additional information needed. They can gather medical records, write a Medical Summary Report,...
Q: Are there county jails or correctional facilities that have a quick check list that is used to determine who may or may not qualify for SSI/SSDI?
A.
Yes, the SOAR "Identifying SOAR Applicants" tool has a Criminal Justice version.