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  • Appointed Representative Services (ARS)

    Appointed Representatives assisting with ALJ hearings and Appeals Council level cases can obtain online access to applicants’ electronic folders by enrolling in Appointed Representative Services (ARS). There are also benefits to enrolling in ARS, even if you only assist with initial claims.

    Type:
    Article
    Date:
    Sep, 2016
  • SOAR Online Course Evaluation Published in Frontiers in Public Health

    In May 2016, Frontiers in Public Health published an evaluation of the SOAR online training model, which assessed SOAR Online Course usage from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. The study focused on the unique integration of a practice SSI/SSDI application into the training, the first of its kind in public health online trainings, and the support provided by local and state SOAR leads.

    Type:
    Evaluation
    Date:
    Jun, 2016
  • SOAR Strategic Planning

    Because SOAR is built on collaborations as well as training, the first step in starting a SOAR program is to bring key community partners 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.

    Type:
    Article
    Date:
    May, 2016
  • Opening an Encrypted SSA CD-ROM

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps all new disability files in electronic format. Applicants and authorized representatives have the right to obtain relevant application information on a CD-ROM. When you are preparing to appeal a denial of disability benefits, you should request the case file so that you can review key components of the file and decision.

    Type:
    Article
    Date:
    May, 2016
  • Reviewing Denial Notices and the Electronic Folder

    When you are preparing to appeal a denial of disability benefits, the first thing you should do is request the case file so that you can review key components of the file and decision!

    Type:
    Article
    Date:
    May, 2016
  • Funding and Sustainability Tools and Resources

    Here are some tools that can assist your efforts to obtain funding for your SOAR program. Sample SOAR proposals and budgets, infographics, and the SOAR Cost Savings/Benefit Calculation Guide are provided, as well as links to external resources and trainings.

    Type:
    Article
    Date:
    Feb, 2016
  • Finding Employment Services for People Experiencing Homelessness

    Many employment services are federal programs that are available in most cities and some rural areas. Other services are only available locally. The following is a general set of guidelines to learn about available employment services in your area. Employment services are often designated for specific eligibility groups. Follow up with local contacts to confirm what services they provide and who is eligible.

    Type:
    Article
    Date:
    Feb, 2016