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.

National SOAR TA Center

Please contact Shoshana Zatz for more information.