Richland County Receives SOAR TA Award

April 20, 2015

Richland County Receives SOAR TA Award

Richland County of Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless (MACH) has been chosen from other Continuum of Care (CoC)s throughout the country to receive a SOAR TA award from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The SOAR TA Award will implementing the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) strategy throughout Richland County. SOAR is a national best practice designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder or other medical impairments.

With technical assistance from SOAR, the Continuum will lead ongoing planning to significantly expand SOAR-trained staff, establish SOAR as the primary approach to benefits advocacy, and foster collaboration between agencies to reduce system costs. SOAR Technical Assistance will be crucial in developing a coherent plan with buy-in from all partners, to increase competence in the SOAR method system-wide. Ultimately this initiative’s goal will be to develop the SOAR knowledge and local agency capacity to support 700 applications annually.

Key Steps in the SOAR Process:
• Case managers receive SOAR Training to learn how to complete and submit a thorough SSI/SSDI application packet
• A state or community establishes a SOAR Process for the submission and processing of SSI/SSDI applications
• State & Local SOAR Team Leaders support SOAR-trained case managers and keep stakeholders engaged
• The SOAR TA Center provides the Technical Assistance needed to keep the SOAR effort moving forward

Click here for more information about SOAR


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