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



Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Provides training and technical assistance to help states and communities establish local programs to support Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) outreach, access, and recovery efforts, also known as SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) model implementation. Seeks to increase access to SSI/SSDI benefits for eligible children and adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. Offers resources and training to enhance the ability of case managers to provide comprehensive SSI/SSDI application assistance to help individuals obtain their SSI/SSDI benefits, which can serve as an important resource to sustain individuals in treatment and recovery and secure permanent housing.

What This Program Offers

SOAR can provide:

  • Technical assistance for state and local stakeholders in developing action plans and tracking outcomes
  • SOAR online course offering free, web-based curriculum on how to complete SSI/SSDI applications for adults and children
  • SOAR application toolbox with a range of tools and forms needed to complete and submit an SSI/SSDI application
  • Access to the online application tracking system for data entry and tracking outcomes for SSI/SSDI applications
  • Resource library with a variety of publications, products, and media related to SOAR programs, including information on rural communities and other special populations
  • Frequently asked questions on topics such as sustainability, funding, appeals, employment, housing, peer support, veterans, youth, and more
  • Data on the most recent SOAR outcomes and program impact

Who Can Receive Services from This Program

Case managers along with other state and local stakeholders currently operating or seeking to implement a SOAR program.

Geographic Coverage



There is no application process to receive assistance.

For program questions and assistance:

Contact the SOAR Lead in your state for information about SOAR programs and training opportunities in your community.

Topics This Program Addresses

Housing and Homelessness • Mental Health • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder