(SOAR) Webinar: Using the SOAR Model with SSA Appeals

Image with text SOAR Webinar: Using the SOAR Model wiith Appeals, June 18, 2020, 3:00-4:30pm ET
SOAR (SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access, and Recovery), a program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national technical assistance program that helps people who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness to access SSA disability benefits.

While we do our best to help eligible individuals get approved on the initial application, sometimes the application is denied and we need to help someone through the appeals process. Appeals may also be necessary when we meet someone who has already applied and been denied or if we were not able to provide sufficient evidence for the initial application.

In this webinar we will introduce our updated SOAR Appeals Toolkit designed to assist SOAR providers with appealing SSI/SSDI denials. Our guest speakers who work with appeals will guide you through a few sections of the toolkit. Each will offer practice tips on effectively representing SOAR applicants with appeals at the Reconsideration and Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) levels. You will learn more about how to partner with your local Legal Aid advocates to ensure continued representation with hearings. Also, you will learn more about how to represent applicants with appeals during the age of COVID-19.
Join us on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. ET!
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  • Kate Jones, MA, SOAR Case Manager, Interfaith Community Services, San Diego, California
  • Jacqueline Darby, Esq., Supervising Attorney, Community Health Law Project, Trenton, New Jersey   
  • Liam Connolly, MSW, LICSW, Outreach Social Worker, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans/VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Karen Dobak, Senior Paralegal, Elder, Health and Disability Unit, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston, Massachusetts