Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Description of Project 
Rhode Island’s SOAR Initiative is coordinated through the joint work of employees at several agencies, including the House of Hope CDC, PICA, and the Providence VA. Our goal is to increase expedited 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 and have a mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.
 
Collaboration is the cornerstone of our model:  Since 2006 we have forged successful partnerships with SSA and Disability Determination Services (DDS), the Veterans Administration, the Office of the Public Defender, PICA, Brown University, community mental health organizations, and other community providers.
 
Due to the lack of designated SOAR staff at this time, the program is unable to take external referrals. The program welcomes new trainees - the SOAR Online Course is free and available to employees, interns, and volunteers (see below for details).
 
For more information on Rhode Island’s SOAR Initiative, please contact the State Team Lead (contact info above). 
Expectations of Participation in SOAR 
Interested organizations should have employees contact the State Team Lead and SOAR TA Center Liaison (contact information above), then complete the SOAR Online Course.
 
Once trained, SOAR Case Managers are expected to complete SOAR applications using the agreed policies and procedures. Case Managers and their agencies are asked to commit to the following:
  • Participate in monthly SOAR Team Meetings
  • Participate in on-going technical assistance and training 
  • Submit completed SOAR cases to State Lead for approval before submission to SSA and DDS
  • Undertake the key components of the SOAR process, including:
    • Becoming the applicant’s representative
    • Obtaining medical records
    • Producing medical summary report
    • Participating in local quality review processes
    • Maintaining communication with SSA/DDS
    • Submitting data to local SOAR lead