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SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR)

SOAR is an approach designed to facilitate the preparation, submission, and approval of Social Security Insurance/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) applications. The approach includes training for case managers, development of clear procedures, and technical assistance for participating agencies to facilitate the preparation and submission and improve the accuracy of SSI/SSDI applications.

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Local Examples

Fulton County, GA Fulton County Jail

  • A SOAR pilot project was implemented in the Fulton County Jail, initiated by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
  • Behavioral health staff were given jail access cards to work with potential applicants.
  • These staff received referrals for said applicants from the public defender's office, interviewed potential applicants, completed SSI/SSDI applications, and delivered them to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
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Miami-Dade County, FL Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project (CMHP)

  • Through the SOAR Entitlement Unit Program, CMHP staff is trained in the SOAR approach and has developed a strong partnership with SSA to expedite approvals for benefits.
  • CMHP staff screen all participants for SSI/SSDI eligibility and maintain relationships with community providers to keep them informed of participants' access to benefits.
  • Staff assist program participants that are likely to be eligible for SSA benefits through the application process and receive approval for 90 percent of initial applications within 40 days.
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Last updated: April 21, 2019