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Minnesota

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State Information

Minnesota SOAR State Team

TA Center Liaison:

  • Dan Coladonato
    Email: dcoladonato@prainc.com
    Phone: (518) 439-7415 x5241

SOARing in Minnesota

The SOAR model is to be used to assist individuals who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. The SOAR Online Course is utilized in Minnesota to train individuals to assist with Social Security disability applications using the SOAR model.

If you have any questions about SOAR implementation, please reach out to the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center Liaison (contact information above).

Need help applying for disability benefits?

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) contracts with agencies throughout the state to help individuals apply for Social Security disability benefits. Visit their website for more information about their Social Security advocacy services or visit their online directory for agencies that can help or call the Disability Hub at 1-866-333-2466.

Expectations of Participation in SOAR

Only individuals who pass the online course are eligible to submit Social Security disability applications using the SOAR model. After completing the online course, individuals can contact the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center Liaison (contact information above) who can provide ongoing technical assistance and guidance on state-specific procedures for SOAR-assisted Social Security disability applications. 

If you have any questions about the SOAR Online Course, please reach out to the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center Liaison (contact information above).

Outcomes Tracking

The Minnesota SOAR program utilizes the Online Application Tracking (OAT) system to report SOAR-assisted Social Security disability application outcomes. To enroll in OAT, you must first pass the SOAR Online Course. Individuals utilizing the SOAR model to submit Social Security disability applications are asked to track their outcomes in OAT.

If you have any questions about OAT or outcome tracking, please contact the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center Liaison (contact information above).

Local Leads:

  • Melissa Cummins
    Rochester, MN
    Email: melissac@semcil.org
    Phone:

  • KJ Johnson
    St Paul, MN
    Email: kj.johnson@state.mn.us
    Phone: 612-965-0625

  • Joan Madsen-Kirchner
    Mora, MN
    Email: joank@lakesandpines.org
    Phone:

  • Victor Obisakin
    Mendota Heights, MN
    Email: victor@mnwitw.org
    Phone:

  • Charles Rosenfield
    St. Paul, MN
    Email: charles.rosenfield@state.mn.us
    Phone: 654-358-8980

  • Kim Wirtanen
    Grand Rapids, MN
    Email: kimwi@kootasca.org
    Phone:

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