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Urgent! SSA Call for Comments Due March 12
SSA is seeking comments on the unique needs of individuals who are homeless and SSI recipients. SSA seeks comments about public and private shelter services and whether SSI eligibility rules hinder individuals in public shelters from accessing permanent housing. To read the full notice, go to http://www.regulations.gov/. Use the search function of the Webpage to find Docket No. SSA-2011-0087. You may submit your comments via this site (preferred method) or fax comments to SSA at 410-966-2830.
Update on 3-Year Ban on Entering SSA/ODAR Offices for Disruptive Behavior
This rule is in effect now, but comments are still being sought. To learn more or to comment on this rule go to http://www.regulations.gov/ and use the search function to find Docket Number SSA-2011-0052, “Protecting the Public and Our Personnel to Ensure Operational Effectiveness,” 76 Fed.Reg.547 (Sept 2, 2011). This rule highlights the importance of becoming the applicant’s authorized representative by filing the Appointment of Representative form (SSA-1696) to minimize frustrations and maximize the potential for success at each step along the way.
SOAR News and Accomplishments
New Online Application Tracking (OAT) Program
Identifying SOAR Applicants
Welcome! Two New States Join SOAR in 2012
TA Center Welcomes New Staff
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Celebrating Our Collaborators
Way to go! Ashley Piland of Neighborhood Support South East Community Services in Indianapolis, IN, is a new SOAR trainer. She recently had her first SSI/SSDI application approved in 72 days. Ashley asked staff at the SOAR TA Center to review her medical summary report and was assured that her case was well developed. She focused on developing good working relationships with her Disability Determination Board and others she encountered during the process. What a great experience to share with future trainees in Indiana!
Congratulations to Linda MacDonald, a Community Development Specialist at Adult Mental Health Services in Augusta, ME. Her first SOAR application was approved in 30 days! The applicant’s medical file consisted of a single notation from school suggesting hospitalization. Linda remembered her SOAR training and the importance of telling the applicant’s story. Linda developed a medical summary report based on firsthand observations and conversations with family. We look forward to seeing Linda at a SOAR Train-the-Trainer program!
Shannon Williams of Interfaith Works in Montgomery County, MD, is the first person to gain Provisional SOAR Certification status in Maryland’s new SOAR certification process. Caroline Bolas, Rich Schiffauer, and the rest of the Montgomery County SOAR Work Group get extra credit for their role in implementing the SOAR certification process. Shannon is completing graduate studies and plans on becoming fully certified. She advises others considering certification, “Just do it!”
A+ for SOAR sustainability! Alison Niemi, SOAR State Team Lead in Minnesota (Department of Health and Human Services), developed a request for proposals to fund SOAR projects using state general assistance funds recouped from SSI retroactive benefits. So far, 14 SOAR programs have been funded, including Family Resources Department, a Division of TriCap Inc., where Brett Young reported that these funds have helped to sustain their SOAR efforts.
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Webinar: Medicaid, Health Care Reform and SOAR Wednesday, February 29, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST. You may be able to bill Medicaid to sustain your SOAR efforts. SOAR Webinars are free; register at http://www.prainc.com/soar.
SOAR Community of Practice Call Thursday, March 8, at 3:00pm EST). Agenda and call-in information to be emailed soon. Please contact Dazara Ware at email@example.com for more information or if you are interested in joining this call.
Webinar: New 2011 SOAR National Outcomes Wednesday, March 28, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST. See how your state contributes to SOAR’s overall success. SOAR Webinars are free; register at http://www.prainc.com/soar.
Train-the-Trainer Events Two coming up. Contact your SOAR State Team Lead or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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