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State Information

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

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.

    Local Leads

    Washington SOAR

    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

    Upcoming SOAR Trainings

    There are no trainings scheduled in your state at this time.
    Please contact the state team lead for more information.

    Can't find a local training? Check out the SOAR Online Course. It is free and available anytime and anywhere!

    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 

    Teranejah Lucas
    Tacoma, WA
    Email: tlucas@cmhshare.org
    Phone: 253-993-0185 

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

    Julia Reardon
    Everett, WA
    Email: Julia@thehandupproject.org
    Phone: 425-599-3793 

    Sara Smith
    Olympia, WA
    Email: sarasmith@crcoly.org
    Phone: 360-338-3747 x130

    Sandi  Woodard
    Everett, WA
    Email: sandra.woodard@co.snohomish.wa.us
    Phone: 425-388-7248 

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    State Documents