Information about SOAR
The SSI/SSDI application process is complicated and difficult to navigate, especially for people who are homeless or who are returning to the community from institutions (jails, prisons, or hospitals). For those who have a mental illness, substance use issues, or co-occurring disorders that impair cognition, the application process creates an even greater challenge.
SOAR Provider Fact Sheet
- Case managers can expect to commit approximately 15-20 hours to complete a SOAR SSI/SSDI application and submit all necessary documentation.
- Using the SOAR process will result in expedited (quicker) decisions and approvals the first time around.
- By having a SOAR trained person on staff, certain grant applications may be strengthened.
- Medical providers and hospitals can also receive Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement, often retroactively, for medication and direct service costs that would otherwise remain uncompensated. ER and inpatient units, the most expensive medical settings, are those most commonly used by those who are homeless and have no insurance.
- Nationally only about 28% of individuals are approved on the initial SSI/SSDI application without SOAR.
- Using the SOAR process increases this percentage to an average of 64%.
- SSI/SSDI appeals can take up to an average of 1 year; SOAR helps you get it right the first time.
- Critical in the first step to recovery, with income support and Medicaid/Medicare health insurance, recipients are able to access housing and physical/behavioral health care services, allowing them to pursue other life goals, including employment.
- In 2010, SSI/SSDI brought at least $53,041,104 into state and local economies of 37 states reporting outcomes.
- SOAR has brought in an additional estimated $108,000 annual SSI payments for Wyoming.
- At agencies with SOAR-trained staff, case managers are relieved of the time and effort needed for the appeals process. Instead, they use the SOAR approach to obtain approval on initial application, allowing them to focus on helping individuals with their recovery and life goals.
For Trained SOAR Application Writers
Click Here to Enroll in the Online SOAR Training
Access SAMHSA’s SOAR Application Toolbox Here: http://www.prainc.com/soar/
Best Practices and Other Helpful Information: Click Here
SSA Revised Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders
Effective as of January 17, 2017
SOAR Face-to-Face Training
Location: Cheyenne, WY
Date and Time: December 4 – 6, 2017. Day 1 9-5, Day 2 8-5, Day 3 8-3:30
The class is free. Space is limited to the first 12 people to register
¨ Interview/Assessment Strategies
¨ Functional Information (including the new rules that went into effect 1/17/2017)
¨ Disability Determination Process
¨ Writing a Medical Summary Report
¨ Work Incentives
This class fills up fast. You will be informed if you are accepted to the course or placed on the waiting list.
Wyoming utilizes the SOAR Online Application Tracking.
If you have been trained in SOAR, please register all SOAR applications to the SOAR OAT