Description of Project
The SOAR program in Indiana is being led by Angie Boarman, Housing Projects Director and PATH Coordinator with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. She is committed to training all PATH funded grantees and sub-grantees, and other agencies serving individuals experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness, e.g.) veterans, criminal justice, transition-age youth, Continuum of Care member agencies, Community Mental Health Centers, shelters and supportive housing programs. To date, six cities with PATH grantees and sub-grantees have SOAR trained staff. Indiana has trained 6 Local Leaders who are located in the following areas; Indianapolis, Valparaiso and Jeffersonville. Several areas around Indiana have active SOAR programs, e.g.) Bloomington, Lafayette, Fort Wayne, Northwest Indiana and Evansville. Please see the Contacts tab for more information.
Expectations of Participation in SOAR
Indiana is transitioning to the online training curriculum. Only those individuals who have completed the online training curriculum and/or the 2-day Stepping Stones to Recovery Training can submit SOAR applications. Following the successful completion of the online course, the individual will be required to attend an in-person, 1-day Refresher Training. It is left up to the SOAR state team lead to determine if this person’s job role will allow them to complete applications.
After completing the online course, individuals are encouraged to reach out to their State Lead who will connect them with important local SOAR contacts, a Fundamentals Training, and may provide ongoing technical assistance and refresher trainings as needed.
When completing SOAR cases, caseworkers are expected to:
Serve as the Appointed Representative throughout the application process.
Collect all medical records for treatment received in previous years.
Waive any fees associated with serving as Appointed Representative or for assistance with the application process or collection of medical records.
Write a comprehensive Medical Summary Report that highlights the applicant’s functional impairment through the document of his or her personal, medical, and work history.
Track applications and outcomes including approval/denials and time to decision from application submission to receipt of SSA’s decision.*
*Caseworkers are expected to register in the Online Application Tracking system, OAT, and upon receipt of a final decision all cases are to be recorded in the OAT system. Only data regarding cases where SOAR components were used are to be recorded.
For more information, please email Pam Heine, SOAR TA Center Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org