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SOARing in Michigan

Michigan’s SOAR Initiative began in 2006 and is led by the Housing and Homeless Services Division within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  The Housing and Homeless Services Division has a SOAR-dedicated team to oversee coordination and implementation of SOAR activities across the state.  The SOAR-dedicated team includes Regional SOAR Navigators that provide technical assistance, referral coordination, education and recruitment for SOAR within an assigned set of geographic areas of the state.

Quarterly SOAR training cohorts are hosted by the Housing and Homeless Services Division on an annual basis.  SOAR training cohorts consist of completing the SOAR Online Course and attending a “SOAR OLC Review and MI Fundamentals” webinar.

The Housing and Homeless Services Division supports SOAR network development through a variety of activities each year including regular check-in webinars, state steering committee meetings, and an annual SOAR event.

Michigan SOAR State Team

State Team Lead(s):
Jeanine Yard
Email: yardj@michigan.gov
Phone: 517-230-8560

TA Center Liaison: Amanda Starkey
Email: astarkey@prainc.com
Phone: (518) 439-7415 x5251

Expectations of Participation in SOAR

Formal certification is required for individuals to practice SOAR in Michigan. The Housing and Homeless Services Division grants SOAR certification on an annual basis.  All certified SOAR practitioners must be registered in and enter SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI application data into the OAT system.

Outcomes Tracking

Michigan utilizes the Online Application Tracking (OAT) system for SOAR data collection and reporting.  All certified SOAR practitioners must be registered in and enter SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI application data into the OAT system.

Local Leads

Rod DesJardins
Michigan, MI
Email: desjardinsr1@michigan.gov
Phone: 517-285-2115 

Tanya  Johnson
Marquette, MI
Email: tanyaj@upsail.org
Phone: 906-251-1404 

Alisha Pennington
Michigan, MI
Email: penningtona@michigan.gov
Phone: 517-281-6957 

Trainers

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State Documents

Filename Description
SOAR Michigan Regional Map.pdf Regional SOAR Navigator Map