Findings from a Study of the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Initiative. Conclusions and Discussion

12/15/2009

SOAR provides states with an opportunity to engage in strategic planning, develop and nurture inter-agency relationships, and receive training and TA to improve the SSI/SSDI application process for individuals who are homeless, particularly those who have mental health conditions. When implemented with adequate staff resources and commitment, SOAR improves the capacity of case managers to navigate the SSI/SSDI application process and has the potential to increase the SSI/SSDI application approval rate while decreasing processing time. The ultimate benefits of the initiative to states and their homeless populations are directly proportional to states' investment of time and resources. This chapter identifies some common elements that facilitated successful implementation of SOAR and provides considerations for the initiative's future.

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