Description of Project

The SOAR effort in Missouri is an initiative designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.
Individuals interested in training are encouraged to reach out to the State Team Lead or SOAR TA Center Liaison using the contact information above for more information about SOAR.

Online Course Cohorts

Missouri State and Local Leads will offer quarterly SOAR Online Course Cohorts. When you take the SOAR Online Course in a cohort you will get the chance to hear the State and Local Leads provide an overview of the SOAR Online Course material and you can ask any questions you may have as you progress through the seven classes within the SOAR Online Course.
The SOAR Online Course Cohort schedule is below. For information about enrolling in a SOAR Online Course cohort please contact the Missouri SOAR State Team Lead, Brooke Dawson, at at least five days prior to the start date for the cohort you wish to attend.
February 2020 – first call February 4th, second call February 11th, third call February 25th
Facilitator(s): Milly Hall and Jared Reck
May/June 2020 – first call May 12th, second call May 19th, third call June 2nd
Facilitator(s): Leo Weisman and Kelly Haggard-Komodi
August 2020 – first call August 4th, second call August 11th, third call August 25th
Facilitator(s): Chad Hinkle
November 2020 – first call November 3rd, second call November 10th, third call November 24th
Facilitator(s): Brooke Dawson

Expectations of Participation in SOAR

Individuals may become eligible to utilize the SOAR model by completing the SOAR Online Course. 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.

Expectations of SOAR-trained caseworkers:

  • Serve as appointed representative for the purpose of applying for SSI/SSDI. Representation includes “standing in” for the applicant, responding to questions, receiving copies of all mail sent to the applicant, and communicating back and forth with SSA and DDS**
  • Complete all required SSA forms for SSI and SSDI, submit online whenever possible
  • Collect medical records from providers who have treated the applicant
  • Write a comprehensive SOAR Medical Summary Report that includes psychosocial, treatment, and functional information that is co-signed, if at all possible, by a physician or psychologist who has seen the individual.
  • Conduct ongoing outreach and engagement with the individual to stay connected throughout the process
  • Track applications and outcomes, including number of applications completed, approvals/denials, and time to decision
  • Report outcomes on at least an annual basis
  • Actively collaborate with Local SOAR Leads
  • Participate in refresher courses and quality review of applications
  • SOAR caseworkers are encouraged to send redacted versions of their first few Medical Summary Reports to the SOAR TA Center for quality review before submission to DDS
** No fees will be collected for assisting with the application
Marking and submitting 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.

Outcome Tracking:

Training in the use of the SOAR Online Application Tracking (OAT) program is available at, and the SOAR TA Center can answer questions about the OAT propgram. 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.

State Team Lead: 

Brooke Dawson MSW, LCSW