What States Provide Online
Almost every state now makes basic information on the five main state-administered low-income benefit programs (SNAP, TANF, Child Care Assistance, Medicaid and CHIP) available on-line. Many states also provide application forms, data on the number of participants, and/or the ability to conduct business online such as applying for or renewing benefits or checking application status. Go to http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=1414&emailView=1 to learn about the online services each state offers. You'll want to make this one of your "favorites"!
Use Your Tools!
Remember that big binder you got at your Stepping Stones to Recovery training? Find it on your bookshelf, wipe off that layer of dust and revisit the worksheets at the ends of the modules! The curriculum is full of tools to help support you in your work. Check out the Applicant Assessment Worksheet in Module X, the Substance Use Worksheet in Module VII and the Functional Assessment Worksheet in Module XI. These tools can help you collect and organize information to support a person's application. Can't find your binder? You can also find these worksheets on the SOAR website in Word format.
The third webinar in the Strengthening Applications Series, Diving In: A SOAR Application Walk Through, was held on May 10. Presenters shared strategies for organizing applications, being proactive and following through for more successful outcomes.
The fourth webinar in this series, Quality Review, will be held on July 7, 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT). Registration information will be sent out soon.
Recordings of SOAR webinars are now available on the SOAR website at http://www.prainc.com/soar/training/teleconferences.asp
Electronic Payments for New Applicants - May 1, 2011
Starting on May 1, 2011, individuals who apply for federal benefits (including SSI and SSDI) will receive their payments electronically - paper checks will no longer be an option. When individuals apply, they need to be ready to choose one of the two electronic payment methods recommended by the U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Click here for more information and a toolkit to share information with providers and consumers in your community.
The latest SOAR Train-the-Trainer program was held on April 5-8, 2011 in Columbus, OH. We want to welcome all 24 new trainers from 15 states to the SOAR family and wish you well on your first trainings!
The SOAR TA Center is sponsored by the
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