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SOAR: A Reentry Tool for Individuals Involved in the Criminal Justice System

This webinar, held on October 24, 2018, was presented by the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center in partnership with the SAMHSA GAINS Center.  We explored how SOAR implementation in criminal justice settings can be a strong reentry tool to increase housing stability and promote post-release success.


The Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefit programs - Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) can provide income and health insurance benefits to support healthy return to communities for previously incarcerated individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) is a model that can help! This webinar will feature speakers who will share their best practices for implementing SOAR in a county jail and state correctional system, and explore how SOAR implementation in criminal justice settings can be a strong reentry tool to increasing housing stability and promote post release success.

On this webinar, you will learn

  • Key strategies for introducing SOAR to and engaging criminal justice systems
  • SOAR best practices for assisting SSI/SSDI applicants who are involved in the criminal justice system


  • Dazara Ware, MPC, Senior Project Associate, SAMHSA SOAR TA Center, Delmar, New York
  • Dan Abreu, MS CRC LMHC, Senior Project Associate, SAMHSA GAINS Center, Delmar, New York
  • Paul J. Mulloy, Director of Programs Nashville Sheriff’s Office
  • Lolita Johnson, LEAD SOAR Counselor Davidson County Sheriff's Office
  • Donna Bond, Coordinator of Mental Health Reentry, Oklahoma Department of Corrections
  • Marcus Ayers, Manager of Prison Based Reentry Services, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Services




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Presentation Slides 4.95 MB


September, 2018

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People Involved in the Legal System