Description of Project

Welcome to SOAR in Utah!!!
The SOAR effort in Utah is a statewide initiative to improve SOAR collaboration, coordination, consistency and connection across the state of Utah, increasing access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder in Utah.
Utah's overarching SOAR goals, objectives and strategies include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Increase the number of successful SSI/SSDI applications at the initial application level and decrease waiting times for client SSI/SSDI approvals
  • Increase the number of SOAR trained and certified case managers committed to providing intensive up-front case management assistance using the SOAR model
  • Identify specific SOAR needs and provide technical support to new & incumbent SOAR-trained staff and leaders
  • Work closely with local/regional planning teams to ensure quality and consistency among all SOAR providers statewide
  • Explore various strategies for ongoing funding sustainability and growth
  • Educate stakeholders across the state and create buy-in for the program's implementation within their respective communities, agencies and staff
  • Build upon the foundation of supportive relations with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Disability Determination Services (DDS)
  • Serve as a leader in high-level quality and quantity of completed SOAR applications and approvals nationwide
  • Collect and report outcomes and sharing of SOAR data across the state of Utah



Expectations of Participation in SOAR

Individuals interested in becoming SOAR trained and certified must first successfully complete the online SOAR training. 

Upon completion, SOAR case managers/representatives must commit to the following:
  • Honor the requirement of submitting/assisting with SOAR claims using the full SOAR model.
  • Track outcomes of applications (# of applications submitted, decisions, time periods, etc.) for all adults served under this initiative.

SOAR Online Training:

The SOAR Online Course is an “at your own pace” course. It can be accessed by clicking on the "Online Courses" tab on this website. 
Upon successful completion of the SOAR Online Course, each trainee receives:
  • Direct feedback on the mock claim submitted during the training
  • SOAR certification
  • Receipt of 20 CEU credits from NASW
Average time to complete the course is 20 hours total. We encourage staff to have completed the entire training within four weeks and for supervisors to follow up with staff progress on a weekly basis.
There is also a host of information on this website for use in your SOAR case management, including means to request information and technical support, links to SOAR webinars and SOAR updates!!! Check it out by clicking on the Library & Tools tab. 

We are excited to welcome you as part of SOAR in Utah!