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Income Supports

Income supports are a critical factor in recovery for people with behavioral conditions experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Having income and health care benefits is often a crucial first step to recovery and resiliency. Our work focuses on increasing access to employment and mainstream resources, including Social Security disability benefits and Medicaid and Medicare health coverage, for eligible adults and youth with serious mental illness, medical impairments, or co-occurring substance use disorders. We work with jurisdictions to develop partnerships among caseworkers, Disability Determination Services, the Social Security Administration, community providers, wraparound services, and employment services to sustain positive outcomes following an approved benefit application.

PROJECTS

Homeless & Housing Resource Center

This national center provides high-quality, no-cost training for health and housing professionals in evidence-based practices that contributes to housing stability, recovery, and an end to homelessness.

SAMHSA SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) TA Center

This national project is designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs (SSI/SSDI) administered by the Social Security Administration for eligible adults and children who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.

Disability Determination Small Grant Program

2011 - 2016

This program, operated by PRA’s sister firm Policy Research, Inc., provided a one-year $10,000 stipend to graduate students to conduct research on improving the Disability Determination Process for the Social Security Administration’s two disability programs.

ARDRAW Small Grant Program

The Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program is a one-year $10,000 stipend program awarded to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research designed to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues.

FEATURED RESOURCES

Financial Wellness

In this 32-minute podcast, Kristin Lupfer, project director of the SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance…

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