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State Information

Maryland SOAR State Team

State Team Lead(s):

  • Tristan Roberts
    Phone: 667-405-0183

TA Center Liaison:

  • Kristin Lupfer
    Phone: (518) 439-7415 x5262

SOARing in Maryland

Maryland’s SOAR Initiative is led by Maryland Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Administration (BHA). It aims to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.

Strong partnerships are a crucial aspect of the SOAR process within Maryland. We are very fortunate to have such committed partnerships with SSA, Disability Determination Services (DDS), many community providers, and other state agencies. Without these many partnerships, we would not be able to implement the SOAR Initiative so effectively. 

Expectations of Participation in SOAR

Only individuals who have completed Maryland’s SOAR training are eligible to submit SOAR applications. Additionally, individuals seeking to use SOAR must also meet the following criteria:

  • Work with adults (18 +) experiencing or at risk of homelessness AND diagnosed with a severe mental illness
  • Be willing and able to undertake the key components of the SOAR process, including becoming the applicant’s representative, obtaining medical records, writing Medical Summary Reports, participating in local quality review processes, maintaining communication with SSA/DDS and the local SOAR lead, and collecting and submitting data
  • Have approval from the local SOAR lead to attend the Maryland virtual SOAR training, SOAR Works!
  • Participate in ongoing SOAR-related learning events

SOAR Online Course and Virtual Training Components

Maryland’s SOAR training consists of two components: the SOAR Online Course and a state-specific 2.5 hour virtual or one-day in-person training. Individuals who wish to submit SOAR applications must:

  1. Complete the SOAR Online Course (including the practice case component). 
  2. Obtain approval from their SOAR Local Lead to attend the state training
  3. Complete the state training

To be recognized nationally as SOAR trained and receive the 20 free CEUs from NASW, you must complete the full SOAR Online Course, including the practice case component.

SOAR Works! training sessions will be held throughout the year. Please note that undertaking the state training is required even if an individual has completed the SOAR Online Course. The state training provides crucial state-specific material, including forms and contact information. It gives details of policies and procedures that need to be followed when submitting SOAR claims in Maryland.

Before commencing the SOAR Online Course, it is strongly recommended that individuals first contact either their local SOAR lead or State Team Lead (contact information above) to discuss their training needs and expectations. A member of the TA team will contact providers to ensure they fully understand the training requirements. 

For more information about participating in the SOAR Initiative in Maryland please contact the State Team Lead (contact information above).

Local Leads:

  • Amy Baker
    Carroll County, MD
    Phone: 410-876-4910

  • Jaime Barnes
    St. Mary's County, MD
    Phone: 301-475-8190

  • Donna Brennan
    Charles County, MD
    Phone: 301-609-5752

  • Jason Decker
    Frederick County, MD
    Phone: 301-600-3941

  • David Foster
    Anne Arundel County, MD
    Phone: 410-768-5522

  • Victoria Frazer
    Prince George's County, MD
    Phone: 301-909-6369

  • Carmela George
    Montgomery County, MD
    Phone: 240-777-4723

  • Brigitte Kealy
    Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot Counties, MD

  • Tracy Kelly
    Harford County, MD
    Phone: 410-803-8726

  • Amanda Kerr
    Cecil County, MD
    Phone: 410-996-5112

  • Sheri-Ann Little
    Baltimore County, MD
    Phone: 410-887-0562

  • Yvonne Perret
    Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties, MD
    Phone: 301-777-7987

State Events

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State Jobs

  • Disability Assistance Outreach Specialist

    The Disability Assistance Outreach Specialist submits SSI/SSDI applications using the SOAR model for severely, chronically mentally ill individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City. The Disability Assistance Outreach Specialist will work together with a multidisciplinary and multiagency team to identify, assess, engage, and assist individuals experiencing homelessness through the federal disability application process. Outreach efforts focus on clients with mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders who are living on the streets and in shelters in Baltimore City.

    Health Care for the Homeless

    Baltimore, MD
    United States

    Job Type:

    Close Date:
    30 Dec 2024
    State Jobs

State Documents

Filename Description
MD SOAR Certification Policies and Procedures.pdf Maryland SOAR Certification (SOAR training through the SOAR Online Course must be completed first.)

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