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South Dakota

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State Information

South Dakota SOAR State Team

State Team Lead(s):

  • Gretchen Stai
    Email: Gretchen.Stai@state.sd.us
    Phone: 605-367-5236

TA Center Liaison:

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

SOARing in South Dakota

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is a model designed to increase access to disability income benefits for individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.  

If you would like more information about SOAR, are interested in getting involved with SOAR in South Dakota, or if your agency or community is currently using the SOAR model to assist with SSI and/or SSDI applications and need additional technical assistance, please contact Dan Coladonato, the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center Liaison to South Dakota, at dcoladonato@prainc.com or Andrea Heronimus, the South Dakota SOAR State Team Lead, at Andrea.Heronimus@state.sd.us.  

Expectations of Participation in SOAR

South Dakota utilizes the SOAR Online Course to train service providers to utilize the SOAR model to assist with SSI/SSDI applications for adults and SSI applications for children. The SOAR Online Course, which is administered by the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center, is provided at no cost, is self-paced, and can be started at any time. Before beginning the SOAR Online Course, it is recommended that service providers and their supervisors review the “Getting Involved with SOAR” document. 

Outcomes Tracking

SOAR-trained service providers in South Dakota utilize the SOAR Online Application Tracking (OAT) system to track SOAR outcomes statewide. If you are already SOAR-trained in South Dakota, please register for an OAT account and track your SOAR-assisted SSI and/or SSDI outcomes in this system. 

Local Leads:

  • Jamie Cheng
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Email: jamiec@southeasternbh.org
    Phone: 605-271-2335

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