ARCH serves as the SOAR TA for 42 Counties.
What is SOAR?
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is a national program designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults and children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.
The goals of the SOAR program speak directly to one of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives – Recovery Supports. SOAR seeks to end homelessness through increased access to SSI/SSDI income supports, directly addressing SAMHSA’s assertion: “To recover, people need a safe stable place to live.” This is essential, and for many persons in recovery accessing benefits is a first step. But SOAR extends beyond and also encourages employment as a means to increase individual income and promote recovery in line with the SAMHSA assertion that: “to recover, people need meaningful work and the ability to enhance their skills through education.”
We are Hiring!
Position Title: ESG CV SOAR Benefits Specialist
Classification: Case Manager II
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is a model that helps individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness who have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder apply for Social Security disability benefits.
Responsibilities of the SOAR Benefits Specialist include but are not limited to the following:
The SOAR Benefits Specialist will report to the Case Management Supervisor. The SOAR Benefits Specialist must be able to work in the community and meet individuals experiencing homelessness where they are, including in the woods, under bridges, and in abandoned houses. This position requires at least 2 years of experience working directly with individuals experiencing homelessness who have a serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder; evidence of ongoing training and education in related areas such as mental illness, substance abuse, and/or homelessness; an ability to work in non-traditional settings and unstructured environments; and a valid state driver’s license with a clean driving record. SOAR training is a plus. The position requires someone who is organized and has an ability to prioritize tasks quickly. The SOAR Benefits Specialist will also attend any trainings/certifications as required by the state.
- Work with referral sources and community partners to identify applicants through team meetings, outreach, and referrals
- Complete interviews with individuals to gather information to complete SSI/SSDI applications
- Gather medical records and other information to complete SSI/SSDI applications
- Write SOAR Medical Summary Reports for individual applications
- Accompany individuals to appointments at the Social Security Administration
- Coordinate visits to medical doctors, psychiatrists, and other specialists to obtain evidence for the application
- Coordinate case management services with partners and help with providing case management services to individuals when needed
- Assist the team with administrative tasks as needed
Position Qualification Requirements
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet frequent deadlines
- Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
- Computer experience, including troubleshooting and problem solving and proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel) and database management
- Good writing skills and the ability to analyze extensive data and create written reports with accuracy and brevity
- Ability to maintain professional boundaries and engagement skills with a challenging population and in non-traditional work conditions
- A Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or certification as a Peer Specialist
- Evidence of ongoing training and education in related areas such as mental illness, substance abuse, and/or homelessness
- Lived experience of homelessness or mental illness
- Familiarity with Social Security Administration’s Listings of Impairments
- Cursory knowledge of medical and psychiatric terminology and ability to write using same
- Experience with providing outreach and successful engagement to a diverse population, includes working with clients, developing trust, and conducting interviews in non-traditional settings and unstructured environments
Position Work Conditions, include but are not limited to:
- Frequent travel by foot, car, or other means appropriate to making contact with population
- Overtime when necessary to meet project deadlines
- Must be able to adjust to the environment of the target population including making visits to encampments, shelters, and personal living environments when needed
- Sitting for extended periods of time
- Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and other devices and objects
- Physically able to participate in training sessions, presentations, and meetings
- Travel for the purpose of meeting with clients, training, collaborating with stakeholders, or off-site personnel/management
Submit Resumes by Email to: Info@archconnection.org
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Resumes will be accepted through May 31, 2021