The SOAR model is recognized by SAMHSA as a Promising Practice and designed to increase successful SSI/SSDI and Medicaid/Medicare applications for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness or co-occurring disorder.
SOAR is a unique approach to benefits application in that it is intended to:
Encourage a collaborative process;
Facilitate communication among SSI/SSDI benefit applicants, case managers, SSA, Disability Determination Services (DDS), and community providers;
Prepare case managers to assume a central role in gathering complete, targeted, and relevant information for SSA and DDS;
Help the disability determination process move more smoothly and quickly by providing assistance to SSA and DDS;
Seek approval on initial applications, avoiding the need for lengthy appeals.
In January of 2016, The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, in partnership with Tuolumne County Behavioral Health Department received a two-year grant award through the Improving Health in Rural Counties Program from the Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare. The grant funds the development and implementation of the Tuolumne SOAR Collaborative (TSC), a multi-agency collaborative working to ensure timely access to income, health insurance and transitional housing for individuals with a disabling mental illness or co-occurring disorder who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.