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Michigan SOAR Initiative. Monica Bellamy, M.S.W. Michigan Department of Community Health Michigan SOAR Coordinator. Is Sponsored by: Michigan Department of Community Health In partnership with: Michigan State Housing Development Authority Corporation for Supportive Housing

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Michigan SOAR Initiative

Monica Bellamy, M.S.W.

Michigan Department of Community Health

Michigan SOAR Coordinator


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Is Sponsored by:

  • Michigan Department of Community Health

    • In partnership with:

    • Michigan State Housing Development Authority

    • Corporation for Supportive Housing

    • Department of Human Services

  • With contractual assistance and support from:

    • Policy Research Associates, Inc.


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How Is SOAR Being Implemented in Michigan?


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Brief History of SOAR

  • Contracted with PRA (TTT)

  • Had 40 persons trained in June, 2007

  • Established State over site Team

    • State Housing Development

    • Department of Human Services

    • Department of corrections

    • SSA & DHS

    • Veterans Administration

    • State HMIS Administrator


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Minimum of 4 Trainings in every region 1-8

A total of 65 trainings have taken place statewide

  • 1600+ persons have been trained in every region of the state


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What’s going on in Michigan …

2020+ applications submitted

  • 72% success rate of getting applications approved on first application and for applications on appeal combined.

    Applications approved in an average of 79 days statewide.

  • 48% of clients are chronically homeless


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Who’s ParticipatingTo maintain the effort?

  • There are a minimum of 4 trainings offered per year to cover all 8 regions of the state.

    Who’s getting trained:

  • Community Mental Health Agencies

  • Domestic Violence agencies

  • Emergency Shelter Staff

  • Grass Roots Community Agencies

  • Veterans Administration


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What Regions Agreed to do……

  • Sign MOU Agreements

  • Convene Regional SOAR planning group to support local efforts and roll out training to areas within the region

  • Designate a Regional SOAR Team Lead


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What Regions Agreed to do……

  • Plan regional trainings, providing logistical support and coordinate with identified trainers

  • Work with each identified lead agency to pilot test the SOAR approach

  • Collect and report on outcomes of applications assisted (HMIS)


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Regions work with the state to:

  • Develop and implement Regional and local plans to increase access to SSI and SSDI for homeless people with disabilities

  • Involve key stakeholders, including:

    • Local homeless services providers

    • Community mental health agencies

    • Local hospitals

    • Disability Determination Service representative

    • Local SSA office

    • Local DHS office

    • Community corrections


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What Trainee’s Agreed to do…

  • Provide direct assistance to people applying for SSI using SOAR critical components

  • Track outcomes of applications assisted using HMIS

  • Participate in Regional SOAR planning meetings


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What the State is Doing…

  • Providing on-going TA to all Regions

  • Establishing Collaborations with SSA offices, both on regional and local levels— designated staff.

  • Establishing Collaborations with DDS—designated staff

  • Conduct state-level planning to support SOAR Across Michigan

  • Monitor progress and report on individual and system outcomes

  • Add SOAR data elements to HMIS


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What the State is Doing Cont…

Regional Strategic Plans

  • Follow-up with plans started in each region

  • Regions are encouraged to meet regularly

    ( via monthly, quarterly)

    Recognize Individuals and Communities for their accomplishments


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What We Have Learned

The state’s role is key in the process of local efforts

Assist SOAR providers sustain and expand

their efforts

*Must be adaptable (moving train)

*Must be persistent


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What We Have Learned…..

  • More support and input is needed from Regions

    More support and TA is need for trainee’s to assist them in getting started

  • More support and TA is needed directly after training.

  • Trainers and trainees discovered that many people have already applied for SSI and need help with pending applications or appeals (We added expediting of appeals)


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Follow-up to improve outcomes

  • Getting started document (www.prainc.com/soar)

  • One on One follow up with trainee’s

  • MOU agreement follow-up w/ directors

  • Meet periodically to plan and address issues that arise


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Follow-up to improve outcomes

  • HMIS

    • Collecting and reporting on outcomes of applications assisted

    • Entering information for persons already in process

  • Involved Advanced Trainers

  • TA calls


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State Team Involvement

  • Conduct state-level planning to support SOAR Across Michigan

    • Monthly calls

    • In person meeting twice a year

  • Monitor progress and report on individual and system outcomes


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Training & More Training

Refresher Training

60 to 90 days after 2 day Stepping Stones to Recovery training.

  • Review the most critical aspects of the SOAR Process to get successful outcomes.

  • Review updated and new information

  • Review and discuss revised forms and processes

  • Give tips and best practices for successful outcomes

  • Provide an opportunity for questions and answers along with TA


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Some things accomplished through the state’s efforts

  • Meetings have occurred with hospitals around the state

  • Quarterly TA calls held with each Region

  • Conducted in person SOAR TA with the regions

  • Produced SOAR Reports by Region to State team, regions, SSA and DDS


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It’s “Win” “Win” for all involved!

The State’s involvement is crucial to the success of SOAR

  • Collaboration works!

  • There is no question that the support from state departments and local stakeholder’s makes a difference in successful outcomes..

    Make a difference!!!


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For More Information:

Monica Bellamy

SOAR Across Michigan State Team Lead

Michigan Department of Community Health

Phone: 313-456-4360

E-mail: [email protected]


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