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Washington SOAR State Team

State Team Lead(s):

  • Wanda Johns
    Phone: 360-725-1947

  • Darla Johnson
    Phone: 509-202-7065

TA Center Liaison:

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

SOARing in Washington

The “SOAR Across Washington” initiative is sponsored by the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) and partners with the Community Services Division in the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. 

The SOAR Across Washington initiative is a multi-agency effort at both the state and local levels. It includes collaboration with Region 10 of the Social Security Administration and staff in the local SSA offices, the DSHS Disability Determination Service staff, DSHS Community Service Office staff, service providers for adults experiencing homelessness, local government, and behavioral health and medical providers. 

The goals of “SOAR Across Washington” include:

  • Serve as a leader in developing high-quality SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI applications;
  • Educate community partners across the state and secure support for SOAR implementation;
  • Work closely with local and regional planning teams to implement SOAR and to ensure the quality and consistency across the state that will result in approval on initial application;
  • Build on the foundation of strong supportive relationships with SSA and DDS and encourage participation in local steering committees and training sessions;
  • Increase the number of SOAR-trained and certified staff committed to maintaining fidelity to the SOAR model and providing the intensive work to develop a complete application;
  • Increase the number of successful SSI/SSDI claims approved on initial application and decrease waiting times for claims to be adjudicated;
  • Collect data on SOAR applications through the SOAR Online Application Tracking (OAT) system.
  • Assist local communities with developing strategies for funding ongoing sustainability and growth.  

Please see the Washington SOAR Process document in the State Documents tab.

Local Leads are working with steering committees in several communities across the state to implement SOAR. For more information about the Local Leads and the efforts in local communities, please see the contacts listed here.

Local Leads:

  • Leigh Anne Adkins
    Walla Walla, WA
    Phone: 509-529-4980

  • Dawna Bryant
    Clallam County, WA
    Phone: 360-327-8329

  • Veronica Castaneda
    Yakima, WA
    Phone: 509-945-8165

  • Tonie Clemons
    Spokane, WA
    Phone: 509-462-9096

  • Tammy Giauque
    Lacey, WA
    Phone: 360-485-2245

  • Tiffany Hayes
    Vancouver, WA
    Phone: 360-852-0154

  • Kahlia Nydam
    Vancouver, WA
    Phone: 360-771-7902

  • Julia Reardon
    Everett, WA
    Phone: 425-599-3973

  • Sara Smith
    Olympia, WA
    Phone: 360-338-3747 xx130

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