SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  

SOAR is designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible individuals who:

  • Are homeless or at risk of homelessness 

  • Have a mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder 

  • Are able to apply for benefits as an adult under SSA rules, including individuals 17 years of age who are within one month of their 18th birthday. 

  • Youth aging out of the foster care system may apply within 90 days of their 18th birthday.

The SSI/SSDI application process can be complicated and difficult to navigate, particularly 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 poses an even greater challenge.

Accessing income and health care benefits is a critical first step on the road to recovery.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that also provide Medicaid and/or Medicare health insurance to individuals who are eligible. SAMHSA SOAR website