Description of Project
The SOAR program in Wisconsin is led by Donna Wrenn, State PATH Coordinator with Department of Administration/Division of Housing. Ms. Wrenn allocates substantial PATH funds to support SOAR Specialists and SOAR training among PATH grantees. The state plans to utilize CABHI funds to support adding SOAR dedicated staff to sub-grantees. It aims to increase 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.
Strong partnerships are a crucial aspect of the SOAR process within Wisconsin and we are very fortunate to have such committed partnerships with SSA and Disability Determination Bureau (DDB), many community providers and other state agencies. Without these partnerships, we would not be able to implement the SOAR initiative so effectively.
Expectations of Participation in SOAR
Only those individuals who have completed the online training curriculum and/or a 2- day in person Stepping Stones to Recovery training can submit SOAR applications. The in-person training is provided by the Dept. of Administration/Division of Housing and is based on SAMHSA’s Stepping Stones to Recovery training curriculum. The training is held as needed and takes place in locations across the state. The state will be transitioning to the online course, but may offer 2-day trainings in the future. If you have received your SOAR training via the SOAR online course, you are required to contact Donna Wrenn, State Lead, who will discuss in greater detail Wisconsin requirements on filing SOAR claims. Ms. Wrenn will connect you with important local SOAR contacts, and may provide ongoing technical assistance and refresher trainings as needed. For more information please contact, Ms. Wrenn at Donnam.Wrenn@dhs.wisconsin.gov.
The Wisconsin SOAR program does not utilize the OAT system to report outcomes. All SOAR caseworkers are required to report their outcomes to the Donna Wrenn, State Lead by completing the SOAR data form once an application is submitted and again when a decision is made. For more information please contact, Ms. Wrenn at Donnam.Wrenn@dhs.wisconsin.gov.