SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery

SOAR is a national program developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The program is designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.  MHA began offering the SOAR program to individuals in Cleveland County in 2014 as a form of individual advocacy and support for individuals facing housing instability along with a serious mental illness. 

Individuals are most often referred to MHA’s SOAR program by their mental health provider. An individual may be a good candidate for SOAR if he or she meets the following criteria:

1) The individual must be currently homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness.

2) Their mental health and/or physical health concerns must prevent them from working at Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) which is currently $1170/month in 2017.

3) Their condition/s must have lasted or be expected to last at least 12 months.

4) They must not currently be represented by an attorney on an existing application.

5) They must not have any active warrants out for their arrest.

If you believe someone may be a good candidate for SOAR, please refer them directly to Stacey Costner for further screening at mhaclevelandcounty@gmail.com or 980-429-4037.