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SOAR Webinar: Understanding the Steps to Completing SOAR-Assisted SSI/SSDI Applications

This webinar, held on Wednesday, October 17, 2023, featured members of the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center Staff who shared tips for getting started on your first SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI applications.

Date and Time:

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Have you successfully completed the SOAR Online Course, only to find yourself struggling with how to get started on completing SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI applications? What’s the first step? Who is a SOAR-eligible applicant? How do I contact SSA and DDS? Do we have a SOAR Process in my area? Help!  

Often, SOAR-trained case managers don’t know what to do after their training is completed, especially if there are no SOAR Local Leads or Providers in their area to help them get started. If this sounds all too familiar, please don’t despair - there is hope! 

Please join us to hear tips from SAMHSA SOAR TA Center staff on how to get started on your first SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI application. Encourage your SOAR-trained colleagues to register for this webinar, too, so you can work together on submitting quality SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI applications!

Intended Audience:

SOAR State, Local, and Agency Leads and SOAR-Trained Providers.

What you will learn:

  • How to access and utilize SOAR tools and worksheets that can help you in the SSI/SSDI application process. 
  • Why it’s important to create and implement an agreed upon SOAR Process with your local SSA and DDS offices.
  • How to apply best practices for getting started with SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI applications. 


  • Abigail Kirkman, Co-Assistant Director, SAMHSA SOAR TA Center
  • Amanda Starkey, Project Associate II, SAMHSA SOAR TA Center
  • Sametra Polkah-Toe, Project Associate II, SAMHSA SOAR TA Center


Available Files
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Presentation Slides 1.63 MB
Standard SOAR Process for Completing SSI/SSDI Applications 330.2 KB