Description of Project
The SOAR program in Kentucky is led by Thomas Beatty, State PATH Coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectuals Disabilities. All PATH agencies have SOAR trained staff. It aims to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness.
Kentucky was awarded SAMHSA CABHI Grant funding which will be allocated to expand SOAR training and consultation throughout the state. Strong partnerships are a crucial aspect of the SOAR process within Kentucky and we are very fortunate to have such committed partnerships with SSA and Disability Determination Services (DDS), many community providers and other state agencies. Without these partnerships, we would not be able to implement the SOAR initiative so effectively.
Welcome House in Covington has developed a strong collaboration with St Elizabeth’s Hospital which funds SOAR Specialists. Welcome House received PATH funding connect to employment services. Family Health Centers, Inc. of Louisville, was awarded a three-year CABHI grant in 2011, which was used to develop the Louisville Housing First collaborative and two SOAR Dedicated Specialists.
Expectations of Participation in SOAR
Individuals may become eligible to utilize the SOAR model by completing the SOAR Online Course and/or have attended a 2-day Stepping Stones to Recovery Training. Prior to beginning the online curriculum, individuals are encouraged to contact the State Team Lead or SOAR TA Center to discuss their training needs and expectations. The ability to submit SOAR applications is contingent upon following the local SOAR process.
SOAR-trained individuals will also be connected with the State Team Lead, the SOAR TA Center Liaison, and Local SOAR Leads. Any of these persons may be contacted for information or questions at any time about SOAR and they are available to assist with connections to SSA and DDS offices in the state. Additionally, the state SOAR team provides on-site training for the following: SOAR fundamentals refresher courses, technical assistance, and the implementation of a collaborative local process that includes state specific SOAR guidelines. Additional trainings can be provided upon request. For more information, contact Thomas Beatty at Thomas.Beatty@ky.gov.
Kentucky SOAR providers are encouraged to track SOAR outcomes using the OAT system. This is a FREE tracking web-based program, which is extremely user-friendly. Training in the use of the Online Application Tracking (OAT) is available at https://soartrack.prainc.com, and the SOAR TA Center can answer questions about the OAT system! It is expected that SOAR-trained caseworkers will enter data about their SSI/SSDI applications using the SOAR model as they complete each application. The SOAR TA Center will review data periodically and follow up with SOAR caseworkers regarding this data and quality review of applications. For more information, email Pam Heine at firstname.lastname@example.org.