SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance
The SOAR model is recognized by SAMHSA as a Promising Practice and designed to increase successful SSI/SSDI and Medicaid/Medicare applications for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness or co-occurring disorder.
SOAR is a unique approach to benefits application in that it is intended to:
Encourage a collaborative process;
Facilitate communication among SSI/SSDI benefit applicants, case managers, SSA, Disability Determination Services (DDS), and community providers;
Prepare case managers to assume a central role in gathering complete, targeted, and relevant information for SSA and DDS;
Help the disability determination process move more smoothly and quickly by providing assistance to SSA and DDS;
Seek approval on initial applications, avoiding the need for lengthy appeals.