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SOARing in Wisconsin

The SOAR program in Wisconsin is led by Chelsey Myhre Foster, State PATH Coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Mary Madden, Executive Director with NAMI Southeast Wisconsin. Ms. Myhre Foster allocates substantial PATH funds to support SOAR Specialists and SOAR training among PATH grantees. It aims to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. 
 
Strong partnerships are a crucial aspect of the SOAR process within Wisconsin and we are very fortunate to have such committed partnerships with SSA and Disability Determination Bureau (DDB), many community providers and other state agencies. Without these partnerships, we would not be able to implement the SOAR initiative so effectively.

Wisconsin SOAR State Team

State Team Lead(s):
Mary Madden
Email: MMadden@namisoutheastwi.org
Phone: 262-409-2741

Chelsey Myhre Foster
Email: chelsey.myhrefoster@dhs.wisconsin.gov
Phone: 608-225-5908

TA Center Liaison: Pam Heine
Email: pheine@prainc.com
Phone: (518) 439-7415 x5228

Expectations of Participation in SOAR

Only those individuals who have completed the online training curriculum can submit SOAR applications. If you have received your SOAR training via the SOAR online course, you are required to contact Chelsey Myhre Foster, State Lead, who will discuss in greater detail Wisconsin requirements on filing SOAR claims. Ms. Myhre Foster will connect you with important local SOAR contacts, and may provide ongoing technical assistance and refresher trainings as needed. For more information please contact Ms. Myhre Foster (contact information above).

Outcomes Tracking 

The Wisconsin SOAR program utilizes the SOAR Online Application Tracking (OAT) system to report outcomes. All SOAR caseworkers are required to report their outcomes in OAT.

The OAT program is a secure web-based system that allows SOAR case managers to easily track their SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI applications. OAT allows all of the information for your Social Security disability benefit claims to be recorded in a safe HIPAA compliant database, allows you to know your outcomes, record dates of application submissions and track all your claim’s progress. Recording all the needed data into OAT is not only beneficial to you, but to the success of SOAR here in Wisconsin.

For more information on OAT, please check out the User Guides provided on the OAT website. For more support, please contact Mary Madden (contact information above).

Local Leads

Darci Curwen-Garber
Milwaukee, WI
Email: darci@guesthouseofmilwaukee.org
Phone: 414-750-5640 

Andrea Guardiola
Milwaukee, WI
Email: andreag@orchc-milw.org
Phone: 414-374-2400 x1187

Becky Koske
La Crosse, WI
Email: becky.koske@couleecap.org
Phone: 608-796-2926 

Brandy Lewis
Milwaukee, WI
Email: Brandyl@orchc-milw.org
Phone: 414-374-2400 

Chelsey Myhre Foster
La Crosse, WI
Email: chelsey.myhrefoster@dhs.wisconsin.gov
Phone: 608-225-5908 

Matt Raymond
Milwaukee, WI
Email: mattr@communityadvocates.net
Phone: 414-270-4608 

Wendy Weckler
Milwaukee, WI
Email: wendyw@hopehousemke.org
Phone: 414-389-3836 

Matthew Wych
Waukesha, WI
Email: matt@namiwaukesha.org
Phone: 262-409-2746 

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