SOAR Voices


DDP Small Grant Program Concludes; ARDRAW Program Blossoms

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Determination (DDP) Small Grant Program, which provided $10,000 research stipends to graduate students in the area of disability, has successfully concluded. In total 55 research projects were completed, designed to assist SSA with its disability determination process. Research was conducted on the process itself, the Compassionate Allowance program, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s  (SAMHSA’s) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) program, to name a few.


Notes from the Field: Experiences of a SOAR Benefit Specialist

By M’Liss Hekeler D’Angelo, SSVF SOAR Benefits Specialist at Columbus House in New Haven, Connecticut

My success at Columbus House as a full-time SOAR Benefit Specialist working with Veterans who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness stems from four primary areas: education and training, experience, advocacy (go above and beyond), and the Medical Summary Report (benefits and drawbacks).


5 Reasons Why You Should Add A SOAR Workshop to Your Annual Conference

Texas Homeless Network logoAfter attending The Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness this October, I knew when I got home that I would sit down to write a blog about my experience. What didn’t occur to me was what my focus would be. This is Texas we’re talking about, so the conference was big in size and substance!


My SOAR Inspiration: The Client's Journey


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By Carmela George, Local Behavioral Health Authority for Montgomery County, Maryland Health and Human Services


Success with SOAR and IPS in Tennessee

Recently, we shared our findings from the CABHI: SOAR and IPS Integration Pilot, and today we’d like to highlight a success story from the Tennessee team:  


SOAR's Song

If SOAR was a musical genre, it would be R & B.


NDEAM: The Benefits of Collaboration

So much of the work we do at PRA focuses on disability, and within the SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance (TA) Center this work often focuses specifically on the link between disability and employment. The SOAR program aims to help people access benefits and achieve recovery so they can ultimately return to work. Another PRA project, The Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program, funds the research projects of graduate students who are analyzing the connection between disability and work.


Inclusion Drives Innovation: The CABHI: SOAR and IPS Integration Pilot

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and we couldn’t think of a better time to highlight findings from our recent yearlong pilot that focused on increasing collaboration between SOAR and Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment programs in 12 states who received the SAMHSA CABHI States-Enhancement grant.


SOAR Ohio Annual Meeting

This post originally appeard on the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio's Updates page

By Amy Lamerson, SOAR Ohio Project Coordinator, SOAR State Lead, at the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio.

One of the best parts of my role as the SOAR Ohio Project Coordinator is being able to get our entire team together for our yearly meeting, which provides SOAR Ohio Specialists opportunities for professional growth and development.


New Materials from the SOAR Expert Panel Work Group

The SOAR TA Center has just concluded the third year of the SOAR Expert Panel!  The Expert Panel is composed of representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA), Disability Determination Services (DDS), SAMHSA , SOAR Local and State Team Leads, and subject matter experts in criminal justice, appeals, Veterans, children, and transition age youth!  One of the highlights of each year’s SOAR Expert Panel is the creation of work groups that address specific topics and work to create products that will help to enhance and educate the field.  This year the Developing Relationships wor



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