SOAR Colorado Steering Committee meeting

We invite you to attend the first meeting of SOAR Colorado, SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Initiative. This half day implementation meeting and follow up technical assistance and training is made possible through the SOAR Technical Assistance (TA) Center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Your local SOAR supports are: SOAR state lead - Byron Kish, Esq., Easter Seals DBS; and new Metro Denver local SOAR leads - Diane Howald, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative and Lauren Patti, Bayaud Enterprises. Many thanks to the Volunteers of America for allowing us to use this space.  Attendees must park on any of the surrounding streets: Larimer, Lawrence, 26th or 27th are all free parking. Please sign in at reception upon your arrival and receive a name tag. There will also be a SOAR 101 Webinar on September 1st at 2pm with a useful SOAR overview! Login info: Phone: 1-866-805-9853      Conference Code:           7712924792   Fifty states and the District of Columbia participate in the SOAR initiative, a federal technical assistance initiative, and model that helps states and localities identify and remove barriers faced by people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and who have disabling conditions in accessing Social Security disability benefits. Having a reliable source of income enables people to find housing and access supportive services that lead to greater, long-term self-sufficiency and recovery. In 2016, nationally, SOAR has an approval rate for initial SSI/SSDI applications of 67 percent in an average of 101 days.    The SOAR Implementation Meeting will be facilitated by staff from the SOAR TA Center at Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA). The meeting will enable local teams to develop an action plan for training staff, completing SSI/SSDI applications, building collaborations with SSA, DDS, medical providers and others, tracking outcomes, identifying new funding opportunities, and establishing a local leadership team. Prior to the meeting we encourage all participants to complete the community SWOT analysis to help the team better understand the barriers, opportunities, and challenges facing your community.   We will also hold a 90-minute webinar to be scheduled prior to this meeting. The webinar will provide an overview of SOAR, the SOAR Online Course, and prepare participants for the action planning that will occur during the meeting.  While the webinar will be recorded it is imperative that all who plan to attend the SOAR Implementation Meeting also attend the webinar.    We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 6th!  Participation in this meeting is by invitation only.  Please respond to this RSVP no later than Tuesday, September 5th.  Should you wish to designate someone to attend in your place or if you have any questions please contact Diane Howald,

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