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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 level. It includes collaboration with Region 10 of the Social Security Administration as well as 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. All of the Washington PATH programs have SOAR-trained staff.  

The goals of “SOAR Across Washington” include:

  • Serve as a leader in developing high-quality SOAR applications;
  • Educate stakeholders 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 allow approval on first 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.

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

Washington SOAR State Team

State Team Lead(s):
Wanda Johns
Email: wanda.johns@hca.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-1947

Darla Johnson
Email: johnsdl@dshs.wa.gov
Phone: 509-202-7065

TA Center Liaison: Kristin Lupfer
Email: klupfer@prainc.com
Phone: (518) 439-7415 x5262

Local Leads

Dawna Bryant
Clallam County, WA
Email: dawnab@forkshospital.org
Phone: 360-327-8329 

Veronica Castaneda
Yakima, WA
Email: veronica.castaneda@ynhs.org
Phone: 509-454-4143 

Tiffany Hayes
Vancouver, WA
Email: TiffanyHayes@seamarchc.org
Phone: 360-852-0154 

Traci Hudson
Spokane, WA
Email: Traci6979@gmail.com
Phone: 509-413-2950 

James Langley
Spokane, WA
Email: jamesl@giin.org
Phone: 509-838-4246 

Megan Monasmith
Lynnwood, WA
Email: Megan.Monasmith@dshs.wa.gov
Phone: 425-412-2798 

Holly Shelton
Everett, WA
Email: holly.shelton@snoco.org
Phone: 425-388-3176 

Sandi  Woodard
Everett, WA
Email: sandra.woodard@co.snohomish.wa.us
Phone: 425-231-1394 

Trainers

SOAR for Children Leads

Traci Hudson
Spokane, WA
Email: thudson@voaspokane.org
Phone: 509-413-2950 

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