Creating a SOAR Action Plan

Because SOAR is built on collaborations as well as training, the first step in starting a SOAR program is to bring key stakeholders together to agree upon and establish a SOAR Process and create a SOAR action plan. The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center can assist you every step of the way.

Implementation Meetings bring together key state and/or local stakeholders to collaborate, agree upon a SOAR Process for the submission and processing of SSI/SSDI applications, and develop an action plan for implementing SOAR in their community. Each participant will play a key role in the implementation process and will need the necessary authority to make any changes required to facilitate the application process.

Who should be at the table?
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • Disability Determination Services (DDS)
  • SOAR State/Local Team Lead
  • Housing providers
  • Homeless service and/or shelter providers
  • Local hospital directors and/or medical records department directors who provide services to people who are experiencing homelessness
  • Departments of Correction
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Providers who serve youth or those who are transitioning from foster care
  • Peers and consumer-run organizations
  • Vocational services and/or supported employment providers
What are the goals of the meeting?
  • Understand how the disability application process currently works in your state and community
  • Establish goals for the local SOAR initiative (i.e. reducing chronic homelessness, increasing the number of dedicated SOAR benefits specialists, decreasing SSI/SSDI application processing times, etc.)
  • Agree on a SOAR Process for the submission and processing of applications
  • Develop an action plan for next steps, including measurable objectives that will help accomplish the local SOAR initiative goals
    • Assign task leads for each step, as well as a timeline for implementation
  • Decide who will be on the SOAR Leadership Team and when the next meeting will take place to follow up on action plan progress