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This course trains case workers to assist adults (age 18+) 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 the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

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About the SOAR Online Course: Adult Curriculum

What you will learn:

  • Comprehensive information about SSI/SSDI and SSA's disability determination process
  • SOAR Critical Components of completing and submitting comprehensive and high quality SSI/SSDI applications

How you will learn it:

  • Seven comprehensive classes each include a series of articles and “Try-It” quizzes.
  • Apply what you learn by completing a Practice Case SSI/SSDI Application Packet for a fictional applicant. We provide the video interviews, medical records, and progress notes you need!
  • You will work at your own pace, starting and stopping as you wish. 

Who Should Take the SOAR Online Course?

  • Anyone who would like to learn more about SOAR and the SSI/SSDI application process is welcome to enroll. There is no cost and no obligation to complete the course once enrolled. 
    • Class 1: The Need for SOAR provides a broad overview of the SOAR model, often referred to as “SOAR 101.” This may be helpful for agency administrators and supervisors of SOAR-trained staff.
  • However, completion of the entire course and submission of a Practice Case Application Packet is geared toward case workers who will be assisting with SSI/SSDI applications using the SOAR model.
    • Completion of the course and Practice Case takes an estimated 20 hours. 
    • Practice Case Application Packets are submitted to the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center for individualized review and feedback within 10 business days. Revisions may be requested.
    • Certificate of Completion includes 20 CEUs from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
    • Your state may have additional SOAR training/certification requirements. See our State Directory.

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