Minnesota

Minnesota

Description of Project 
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) contracts with various agencies across the state to provide Social Security Advocacy services that assist people to apply for and/or maintain Social Security disability benefits.
 
Need help applying for disability benefits:
SOAR and Social Security Benefits Advocacy providers can help you apply for Social Security benefits.To find a local provider, visit our online directory or contact the Disability Hub MN at 1-866-333-2466 or www.disabilityhubmn.org.
Expectations of Participation in SOAR 
Only those individuals who completed the SOAR Online Course can submit SSI and/or SSDI applications using the SOAR model.
 
The SOAR Online Course takes approximately 20 hours to complete.  Currently, Minnesota uses the SOAR Online Course as its preferred training method.  The online course consists of seven classes, each of which has a series of articles, short quizzes, and practice cases.  The online course is free and can be accessed by clicking on the “Online Course” tab on this website. 
 
After completing the online course, individuals will be connected to the State Team Leads who will provide ongoing technical assistance and trainings on state specific procedures for SOAR applications. 
 
Please check the calendar for upcoming trainings across the state. Contact the state team lead for more information.
 
Expectations of SOAR trained providers:
DHS Contracted SOAR Providers should refer to their contract as to the specific duties required for SOAR applications.
 
Outcome Tracking:
The Minnesota SOAR program does not use the Online Application Tracking (OAT) system to report outcomes.  All SOAR providers contracted by DHS are required to report their outcomes by submitting SOAR data forms to DHS.