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Evaluation of SOAR Model Published in Psychiatric Services

An evaluation of the SOAR model concluded that better outcomes were achieved when providers used the SOAR model to complete SSI/SSDI applications.

Evaluation of the SOAR Model

A evaluation of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) model published online by Psychiatric Services has found that disability applications that used the SOAR model had a higher likelihood of approval than those that did not follow the SOAR model.

The study, An Evaluation of SOAR: Implementation and Outcomes of an Effort to Improve Access to SSI and SSDI, was coauthored by Jacqueline F. Kauff and Elizabeth Clary of Mathematica Policy Research, Kristin Lupfer of Policy Research Associates and Director of the SOAR Technical Assistance (TA) Center, and Pamela J. Fischer of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The evaluation of SOAR concluded that SOAR clients achieved better application outcomes (i.e., approvals), when providers used the SOAR model to complete the application. Providers who used the SOAR model to complete disability applications achieved a 73 percent approval rating, and initial applications using the SOAR model were approved almost twice as often as disability applications for individuals experiencing homelessness that did not use the SOAR model (50 percent approval versus 28 percent approval).

Read the announcement from Mathematica Policy Research, Helping Connect Homeless People to Disability Benefits and watch the recap video to learn more.