Based on recent conversations with the Social Security Administration, we are temporarily discontinuing use of the SOAR Consent for Release of InformationForm (SOAR Consent) while we revise the form to make it more compliant with SSA's privacy guidelines. Communities who do not currently use this form as part of their SOAR Process will be unaffected by this change; however, the information below will still be helpful as you complete applications using the SOAR model.
The SOAR TA Center recommends the following steps in lieu of using the SOAR Consent:
Gathering Information on Previous or Pending Claims
Be sure to specify on Question 8 the exact information you are looking for, such as "information related to pending SSI/SSDI claims, claim level and file dates; information related to denied claims, claim level, denial dates and reasons for denial; SSI/SSDI allowances and eligibility dates"
Setting the Protective Filing Date
Some communities may be using the SOAR Consent to set an applicant's protective filing date (PFD). Instead, we recommend setting the PFD via one of the following methods:
Initiate the Online Disability Benefit Application, which can establish the PFD for both SSI and SSDI. -- If you are not ready to submit the complete SSI/SSDI application, press "save and exit" when you reach the re-entry number screen and print out the re-entry number.
Call SSA to establish a date for an in-person or telephone interview.
Obtaining Additional Information
Assisting the applicant to create a free "my Social Security" account is an effective way to obtain other information previously requested using the SOAR Consent such as:
Verifying an applicant's date of birth
Checking on the status of an application or appeal
Getting a benefits verification letter
Reviewing contributions to Social Security and Medicare taxes