The SSI/SSDI application process is 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. Yet accessing these income and health care benefits is often a critical first step on the road to recovery.
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) is a national project funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that is designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adult individuals who are able to apply for benefits as an adult under SSA rules. This includes 17-year-olds 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, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Using a 3-pronged approach of Strategic Planning, Training and Technical Assistance, the SOAR TA Center coordinates this effort at the state and community level.
This training will help professionals learn the necessary tools to assist clients in accessing eligible health
care and income benefits. For more information contact Teris Collins at 561-383-5961 / Tcollins@goldenctr.org.