NEWCAP BLOGJul 7, 2018
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The SOAR Program is a national model created by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) that assists individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless apply for SSI/SSDI. The individual has to have a serious mental illness or exhibit symptoms of a serious mental illness that impacts their ability to work at a substantial gainful level ($1,170 in 2017). It is also beneficial for that individual to be treated by a medical provider that can provide records of such illness.
Once an individual is enrolled in the program, the individual and the case manager work together to collect medical records and a report that is called a Medical Summary Report (MSR). The MSR is a “snap shot” of the individual applying that is an additional step to the traditional process of applying for SSI/SSDI. It creates a picture of who the individual applying for disability is and is not done in the “typical” application process.
The following four characteristics represent key eligibility criteria for SSA disability benefits:
▪Applicant has a serious mental illness or exhibits symptoms and/or has serious physical illnesses that affect their ability to work at a substantial gainful level ($1,170/month)
▪The illness(es) or condition(s) have lasted or are expected to last for at least 12 months (or result in death)
▪Individual is currently exhibiting symptoms of mental illness or has periods with worsening of symptoms that prevents sustainable employment. For example: Psychotic symptoms (positive or negative); Manic symptoms (racing thoughts, disorganized thoughts); Anxious feelings (paranoia, nervousness); Cognitive deficits (brain injury, problems with concentration, memory, etc.); History of trauma (history of abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, etc.
▪For applicants with mental illness, they have marked restrictions in at least 2 of these functional areas: Activities of daily living (personal hygiene, cleaning, transportation, etc.); Social functioning (getting along with others, anger, avoidance, etc. ); Concentration, persistence and pace (as they related to the ability to complete tasks); Repeated episodes of decompensation (hospitalizations, incarcerations, losing jobs/housing, etc.).
For questions or to apply call the Newcap Oconto Office to talk to the SOAR Case Manager. More information can be found at: http://soarworks.prainc.com