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SOAR News and AccomplishmentsPhoenix, AZ: New SOAR Leader and case manager, Loren Gallegly, with Lodestar Day Resource Center, has a 100% approval rate in an average of 60 days on 3 SOAR applications since late January. Congratulations Loren!
Davenport, IA: Dedicated SOAR caseworker, Tiffany Norwoood, from Humility of Mary Shelter just received notice of her first approval. The approval came in less than 2 months, and the applicant was approved for both SSI and SSDI. Keep up the great work, Tiffany!
Great news from Nevada: Clark County Social Service will utilize CABHI grant funds to recruit and hire a Statewide SOAR Coordinator. Congratulations!
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New Issue Brief and Tip Sheet ReleasedCollaboration with SSA and DDS: Something for Everyone: We all know how important building strong working relationships with our partners at SSA and DDS is to successful SOAR outcomes. In this issue brief, you will learn how SSA and DDS work with SOAR and the benefits of establishing a SOAR process. SSA and DDS personnel share how they approach SOAR collaborations, which can be replicated in your area. To learn more, visit: Collaboration with SSA and DDS: Something for Everyone
SSA and VA Benefits Tip Sheet: This updated version of our SSA and VA Benefit Tip sheet is loaded with new information about SSA’s recent initiatives to expedite SSI/SSDI claims. Also, we explain in greater detail how SSA and VA benefits impact each other. To learn more, visit: SSA and VA Benefits Tip sheet
SOAR Fundamentals WebinarsOn April 24, we held the final webinar in our three-part Leadership Academy Webinar Series for Trainers. This webinar series was intended to invest in our existing SOAR trainers and offer you additional educational experiences to enhance your current efforts.
As a reminder, SOAR TA Center resources transitioned this year to the development and ongoing support of SOAR community leaders through training and mentorship at SOAR Leadership Academies. SOAR local leads and trainers conduct one-day SOAR Fundamentals trainings for individuals who have completed the online course (or 2-day training) to include a refresher of the SOAR core elements as well as training on the state/local SOAR process.
If you missed the Leadership Academy Webinar Series for Trainers, we encourage you to view the recordings and review the materials presented.
SOAR Learning Community CallsOn March 18th, 91 participants joined our first SOAR Learning Community Call. The SOAR TA Center shared information about creating and leading SOAR steering committees, and participants exchanged ideas about how to apply it in their communities. If you missed the call, please access the recording here: http://soarworks.prainc.com/article/soar-learning-community-call-series
Please join us for the upcoming Learning Community Calls, Funding and Sustainability and Supporting Quality Applications. See details below.
SOAR Learning Community Calls
Funding and Sustainability, Tuesday, May 20, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (EDT) Register Here
Upcoming SOAR Leadership Academies
June 3-5, 2014 in Portland, OR