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  • Identifying SOAR Applicants

    Here is some guidance to help case workers identify adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness who may be eligible for Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits. While we do not want to discourage anyone from applying for SSA benefits, this guidance can help you identify individuals that most need your assistance with their SSI/SSDI application.

    Type:
    Guides
    Date:
    Dec, 2017
  • Standard SOAR Process for Completing SSI/SSDI Applications

    After completing the SOAR Online Course, case workers implementing the SOAR model with SSI/SSDI applications should complete the following steps as part of a standard SOAR workflow. This process is a collaborative effort between the SOAR provider, the Social Security Administration (SSA), and Disability Determination Services (DDS) that enables SOAR case workers to complete the SSI/SSDI application process efficiently and effectively.

    Type:
    Guides
    Date:
    Jul, 2017
  • The SOAR Model: Critical Components

    The SOAR model for completing SSI/SSDI applications utilizes five critical components that significantly increase the likelihood of an approval for those who are eligible.

    Type:
    Guides
    Date:
    Mar, 2018
  • The SOAR Process: Critical Components in Action

    How does the SOAR application process differ from the conventional application process? Let's see how implementing SOAR critical components helps the disability determination process move more smoothly and quickly.

    Type:
    Guides
    Date:
    Mar, 2018
  • SSA and DDS Collaboration Tools

    A key component of the SOAR model is developing strong collaborations with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Disability Determination Services (DDS). The SOAR TA Center has created a guide to help!

    Type:
    Guides
    Date:
    Mar, 2018
  • Steps to Completing a Child SSI Application Using the SOAR Model

    This guide will help you complete an SSI application for a child using the SOAR model. You have 60 days from the protective filing date (PFD) to submit a complete application packet to the Social Security Administration (SSA). We encourage you to complete the process in less time as you are able.

    Type:
    Guides
    Date:
    Apr, 2018
  • Definitions of Homelessness

    The SAMHSA SOAR initiative is intended for individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness. These terms are defined differently by SOAR and the Social Security Administration (SSA). It is important for SOAR providers to understand these differences when determining who meets the housing criteria to be a SOAR applicant and which cases can be expedited at SSA through the use of the “homeless flag.”

    Type:
    Guides
    Date:
    Jan, 2018
  • Applicant and Caseworker Information: The SSA Appeals Process

    If Social Security denied your application for disability benefits, you may request an appeal. Social Security has four appeal levels. This article discusses the Reconsideration and Hearing by Administrative Law Judge levels.

    Type:
    Guides
    Date:
    Sep, 2019
  • Getting Involved with SOAR

    You want to be a SOAR provider? That’s great! This infographic shows what to expect.

    Type:
    Guides
    Date:
    Mar, 2022