SOAR Leadership Academy

Learn more about our upcoming SOAR Leadership Academies!

The SOAR Technical Assistance Center will be offering states the opportunity to send two people per state to a SOAR Leadership Academy in FY 2019 with travel, lodging and per diem expenses paid through our contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

Leadership Academies are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space limitations mean that we may not be able to accommodate all states. All attendees must be selected by their State Team Lead (STL) or TA Center Liaison.

What is a SOAR Leadership Academy?

The SOAR Leadership Academy is a three-day training program presented by the SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance (TA) Center designed to prepare individuals to serve as SOAR Local Leads.

What is a SOAR Local Lead?

SOAR Local Leads assist with the implementation of their state's SOAR Action Plan and guide the SOAR initiatives in their communities by:
  • holding steering committee meetings;
  • leading SOAR Online Course training cohorts and conducting half-day SOAR Online Course Review Sessions;
  • mentoring individuals who complete the SOAR Online Course; and
  • reporting outcomes.
The Leadership Academy Overview (DOCX) further describes the expectations of participants, the topics covered at Leadership Academies, and the roles and responsibilities of local leads.

When are the Leadership Academies?

FY 2020 Leadership Academies:
  • August 4-6, 2020 (Virtual - Pacific Time schedule)
  • August 11-13, 2020 (Virtual - Eastern Time schedule)


How do I attend a Leadership Academy?

  • Each prospective participant must complete a SOAR Leadership Academy Application and return it to their SOAR State Team Lead (STL).
  • STLs review the application(s), select the most appropriate candidate(s), and forward the selected application(s) to their SOAR TA Center Liaison.
  • Once the SOAR TA Center receives the approved SOAR Leadership Academy Application(s), the TA Center will e-mail registrants information about how to make their travel arrangements.