The SOAR effort in Virginia 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 Lead or SOAR TA Center Liaison using the contact information above for more information about SOAR.
Expectations of Participation in SOAR
In addition to completing the web based curriculum for the Stepping Stones to Recovery manual, individuals seeking to complete SOAR applications in Virginia must meet the following criteria:
Agencies seeking SOAR training must provide services to homeless adults and be actively engaged with their local Continuum of Care or Balance of State coordinating bodies.
Agencies must be actively involved in the local SOAR Project planning process for their communities and maintain an active role as the project continues (i.e.attend quarterly SOAR meetings)
Individuals that complete the web based portion of the training must also attend a one day SOAR training prior to submitting SOAR applications. This training will be offered in the participants’ communities. However, in some instances participants may need to travel outside the community to complete training.
Individuals must be willing to submit SOAR data to the SOAR State Coordinator on at least an annual basis.
Individuals must be adhere to the expectations of the state SOAR project as outlined by the local community plan in collaboration with our partners at Social Security Administration and Disability Determination Services.
For clarification regarding any of these criteria please contact the SOAR State Coordinator, listed above.