Helping People Access Public BenefitsSOAR: SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access and Recovery<br />Denise Neunaber, Executive Directo...
What is SSI & SSDI? <br />SSI = Supplemental Security Income<br />Federal disability program, administered by SSA, that pr...
What is SOAR? <br />SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) is a strategy that helps states to increase access to SS...
SSI/SSDI Approval Rates<br /><ul><li>About 35% SSI/SSDI applications are approved
SSI/SSDI applications for homeless individuals are significantly less– about 15% are approved </li></ul>WITH SOAR: <br /><...
In North Carolina, 79% approval rate in an average of 4 months</li></ul>North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />
Challenges for the Disabled and Homeless<br /><ul><li>Path to recovery is extraordinarily challenging when basic needs are...
SSI/SSDI application and disability determination process can seem complex
Disconnect between the experience of homelessness and the disability application process
Medical information is often very incomplete
Appeals take years and many potentially eligible people give up and do not appeal</li></ul>North Carolina Coalition to End...
How does SOAR address these challenges?<br /><ul><li>Case managers actively assist applicants
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6.5 Helping People Access Public Benefits

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This workshop presents information on increasing benefits’ income for homeless adults, families, and seniors. Speakers will discuss a range of programs and strategies, including implementing the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery Initiative (SOAR) in your community.

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6.5 Helping People Access Public Benefits

  1. 1. Helping People Access Public BenefitsSOAR: SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access and Recovery<br />Denise Neunaber, Executive Director<br />North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />securing resources encouraging public dialogue advocating for public policy change<br />North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />919.755.4393 www.ncceh.org<br />
  2. 2. What is SSI & SSDI? <br />SSI = Supplemental Security Income<br />Federal disability program, administered by SSA, that provides benefits to low income people who are disabled, blind, or elderly<br />SSDI = Social Security Disability Income<br /> Federal disability program, administered by SSA, that provides benefits to blind or disabled individuals who are “insured” based on contributions paid into the Social Security trust fund, as authorized by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)<br />North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />
  3. 3. What is SOAR? <br />SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) is a strategy that helps states to increase access to SSI/SSDI for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness through:<br />Strategic planning<br />Training and<br />Technical assistance<br />North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />
  4. 4. SSI/SSDI Approval Rates<br /><ul><li>About 35% SSI/SSDI applications are approved
  5. 5. SSI/SSDI applications for homeless individuals are significantly less– about 15% are approved </li></ul>WITH SOAR: <br /><ul><li>According to the most recent nationwide data collected in 2009, the SOAR model resulted in an approval rate of 71% in an average of 89 days.
  6. 6. In North Carolina, 79% approval rate in an average of 4 months</li></ul>North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />
  7. 7. Challenges for the Disabled and Homeless<br /><ul><li>Path to recovery is extraordinarily challenging when basic needs are unmet
  8. 8. SSI/SSDI application and disability determination process can seem complex
  9. 9. Disconnect between the experience of homelessness and the disability application process
  10. 10. Medical information is often very incomplete
  11. 11. Appeals take years and many potentially eligible people give up and do not appeal</li></ul>North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />
  12. 12. How does SOAR address these challenges?<br /><ul><li>Case managers actively assist applicants
  13. 13. Step-by-step explanation of SSI/SSDI application and disability determination process
  14. 14. Focuses on the initial application – “Get it right the first time!”
  15. 15. Fills in the missing links for SSA/DDS by linking illness/diagnosis to functioning
  16. 16. Focuses on documenting the disability</li></ul>North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />
  17. 17. Key Resources SOAR Provides to DDS<br />Medical Documents <br />Medical Summary Reports<br />Case Managers as trained 1696 Representatives<br />North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />
  18. 18. Functional Information<br />Impact of person’s illness and resulting impairment<br />Based on collection of personal, medical, and collateral information<br />Medical Summary Report clearly explains:<br />Nature of impairment<br />How/if linked to illness <br />Impact on functioning and life, especially regarding ability to work<br />North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />
  19. 19. NCCEH’s Role with SOAR<br />Assist communities to strategically develop and support designated SOAR Case Manager positions<br />Provide trainings and technical assistance to SOAR Case Managers <br />Facilitate relationships between SOAR Case Managers, SSA, and DDS in order to improve the SOAR process<br />North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />
  20. 20. Implementing SOAR in NC<br />Case manager training & technical assistance<br />SOAR Essentials training<br />SOAR Case Manager Certification<br />SOAR Community Certification<br />New SSA & DDS Process specific to SOAR cases<br />North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />
  21. 21. How SOAR has benefitted NC<br /><ul><li>Dispelled Myths
  22. 22. Educated case managers & medical community; increased completeness of information
  23. 23. Created partnerships with Social Security Administration and Disability Determination Services Offices
  24. 24. Created a new process for Homeless SSI/SSDI applications
  25. 25. New dedicated positions that focus on assisting individuals homeless or at-risk of homelessness obtain benefits</li></ul>North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />
  26. 26. SOAR assistance for your community<br />SOAR Technical Assistance Initiative<br />www.prainc.com/soar/<br />SOAR@prainc.com<br />www.ncceh.org/ncsoar<br />Denise Neunaber <br />denise@ncceh.org<br />North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness<br />

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