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  • Frequently Asked Questions for Assisting Youth and Young Adults with Social Security Benefits

    Youth and young adults may be eligible for various Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits, including Survivors, Disabled Adult Child (DAC) benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Determining eligibility and understanding the application process can be complex. Individuals should contact SSA for comprehensive information regarding eligibility for benefits and visit the SSA website to learn more about eligibility criteria and the benefits available to youth and young adults.

    Type:
    Article
    Date:
    Jul, 2024
  • Frequently Asked Questions for Assisting Older Adults with Social Security Benefits

    Older adults may be eligible for various Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits, including retirement, survivors, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Determining eligibility and understanding the application process can be complex. Individuals should contact SSA for comprehensive information regarding eligibility for benefits and visit the SSA website to learn more about eligibility criteria and the benefits available to older adults.

    Type:
    Article
    Date:
    May, 2024
  • SSA Online Services: A How-To Guide for SOAR Providers

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) Online Services can be used to efficiently communicate with, acquire information from, and send information to SSA. This guide describes who is eligible, how to obtain access, and the key uses for each online service. If you have questions, please contact your SOAR TA Center Liaison.

    Type:
    Article
    Date:
    Apr, 2024
  • SSA POMS: Mental Limitations

    The Program Operations Manual System (POMS) is a resource used by Social Security employees to process claims for Social Security benefits. It provides detailed instructions and guidance on various aspects of benefit administration. Here we review POMS DI 25020.010-Mental Limitations.

    Type:
    Article
    Date:
    Apr, 2024
  • SOAR Supervision Checklist

    SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) case workers assist eligible individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Due to the unique nature of the position, the following are helpful suggestions and reminders when supervising SOAR case workers.

    Type:
    Article
    Date:
    Mar, 2024
  • SOAR Succession Planning

    Staff turnover while there are pending disability applications can confuse and concern the applicant, the Social Security Administration (SSA), and Disability Determination Services (DDS). This checklist helps agencies effectively transfer applications to a new SOAR case worker, resulting in a frustration-free experience for all.

    Type:
    Article
    Date:
    Mar, 2024
  • SOAR is for Everyone

    This infographic highlights the various populations and systems within which SOAR can be implemented to increase access to SSI/SSDI for individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

    Type:
    Infographic
    Date:
    Mar, 2024
  • SOAR Recertification Process

    The SOAR Recertification Process aims to ensure that case workers who passed the SOAR Online Course more than one year ago but have not yet utilized the SOAR model to assist with SSI/SSDI applications are refreshed on the process. It also offers an opportunity for SOAR practitioners to verify their involvement with and knowledge of SOAR without having to complete the SOAR Online Course multiple times or on a yearly basis.

    Type:
    Article
    Date:
    Feb, 2024