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  • Applicant Self-Help Guide

    This guide will help applicants and/or people supporting them prepare and submit high-quality SSI/SSDI applications when a SOAR provider is not available for assistance.

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    Guides
  • Creating a my Social Security Account for Applicants

    When assisting an individual with completing and electronically signing an Online Disability Benefit Application the applicant will need to create a my Social Security account. The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center has developed guidance for SOAR providers.

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    Guides
  • 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.”

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    Guides
  • DEI Resources

    Here are resources associated with our document, "Guidance for Improving Staff Engagement: Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in SOAR Work"

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    Guides
  • FAQs for Assisting LGBTQ+ Individuals with SSI/SSDI Applications

    This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, two-spirit, and other diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions (LGBTQ+) applicants during the Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) application process. Learn more about using respectful language, engaging in productive and meaningful ways, and preparing SSA forms and the SOAR Medical Summary Report (MSR) with special care and attention to details around LGBTQ+ matters.

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    FAQ