Resources for SOAR-Trained Case Managers
For SOAR-trained case managers and social workers completing SSI&SSDI applications, this page links to some useful resources that can answer questions and provide a refresher on SOAR.
Requesting Medical Records
Sample Cover Letter - When faxing medical providers to request records, customize this letter to communicate the purpose of the request and avoid fees.
Spreadsheet of Local Providers' Release of Information forms - To avoid spending time navigating hospital websites. Available in Google Sheets and Excel file.
Here are example SSA forms with some question-by-question guidance.
Writing the MSR
MSR Interview Guide - A good MSR starts with good information. Referencing this guide will help to gather all information that could be relevant to an MSR.
Sample MSRs - For inspiration in writing style and content of the MSR. Samples are available for clients from a variety of backgrounds. The SOAR website also offers helpful sample language for Functional Descriptions.
MSR Outline Guide - A detailed description of the kind of content to include of each section of an MSR.
MSR Sections Template - A Word document for you to use when starting the MSR.
It is always to reference SSA's Listings Blue Book to know in exact language what examiners are looking for.
Local SOAR Process
Local Process Steps - This document details the order of steps to complete a SOAR application.
SOAR Application Checklist - A list of the materials included in a complete SOAR packet.
Share SOAR With Your Colleagues!
SOAR Case Manager Flyer - Use this Word document to spread your capacity to complete SOAR applications with others at your agency, and help them identify a potential SOAR client.
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