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Effective SOAR Representation for Social Security Appeals

This issue brief, developed by the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center, provides basic information and practical tips on assisting with appeals for applicants who have been denied at the initial application level.

Despite your best efforts as a SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) practitioner, your applications for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are sometimes denied. Or, perhaps you are involved with an applicant whose appeal is already pending with the Social Security Administration (SSA). SOAR practitioners are often well positioned to assist with Social Security appeals given their relationships with applicants and knowledge of their impairments and related functional limitations.

When an application for Social Security benefits is denied, SSA sends the applicant a denial notice or letter with an explanation of the decision and information about the right to appeal. The decision to file an appeal must be carefully considered. Knowing whether to continue the current claim with an appeal or to file a new application is crucial. This issue brief provides basic information and practical tips on assisting with appeals for applicants who have been denied at the initial application level.

Read the issue brief: Effective SOAR Representation for Social Security Appeals (PDF)