SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR)
An Evidence-based Approach for Increasing Access to Benefits among Justice-involved Adults with Severe Mental Illness and Co-occurring Disorders

WHEN: January 21 and 22, 2014, Sacramento, CA

This training will provide a comprehensive overview of SSA programs, the SSI/SSDI application process, and the disability determination criteria and process. 

The training will cover interviewing and assessment techniques, how to gather medical and functional information, what can be useful evidence for determinations, and technical details and components of a medical summary report. The training will cover all application forms in-depth and how to submit the application electronically. The training will address many frequently asked questions related to immigration status, felony warrants, parole and probation violations, living situation and other factors that can affect eligibility. The training will include example forms and hands-on practice exercises as well. The training will also provide an introduction to Specialized Multiple Advocate Resource Team or SMART, a complimentary program for enhancing SSI/SSDI enrollment.