SAMHSA's SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery Technical Assistance (SOAR TA) Center is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This national project is designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. Find out more.
Social Security Online Application Process Revision
The online application process for SSA disability benefits has changed. Beginning January 25, 2014, there is no longer an online “Adult Disability Report” but rather an SSA web page titled: “Apply Online for Disability Benefits.” The “Adult Disability Report” and “Filing for Disability Benefits” will no longer be separate websites. The goal of the changes to SSA’s website is to create a seamless pathway for online customers to file for disability benefits via a single access point. See http://www.socialsecurity.gov. p://www.socialsecurity.govhttp://www.socialsecurity.gov
25 New Compassionate Allowances
In January, SSA announced 25 new Compassionate Allowances conditions, including a dozen cancers. This brings the total number of conditions to 225. The Compassionate Allowances program identifies claims where the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability. To date, almost 200,000 people with severe disabilities have been approved through this fast-track disability process. For more information on the program, including a list of all Compassionate Allowances conditions, please visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.