Sharing Our Successes
Kansas Applicant SOARs at Work
SOAR provider Jonathan Pendergrass from Four County Mental Health Center in Independence, Kansas, wrote in to share this SOAR success story:
"I have a client who lost his job due to the onset of psychosis, which led to legal issues and homelessness. Thanks to the SOAR model and the ability to work closely with his treatment team and community partners, we got him approved for Presumptive Medicaid quickly. This allowed us to get him into our shared living program at a dollar per month. Plus, he began attending our Clubhouse program, where he was able to focus on activities of daily living and communication skills in a group setting. His participation in these programs allowed us time to help him get on a daily routine, including a routine with his medications.
He then was able to obtain a job at a local fast-food restaurant, where he worked part-time. His employer has been very understanding and has worked with the client during times of absence when inpatient care was needed.
Thanks to SOAR, my former client was able to transition from a critical point in his life to becoming working ready, knowing that he now has finances and medical coverage that supplements him when he experiences symptoms. This client really enjoys working and being around others, but this was not possible when he lacked the proper resources and support.
He is housed, employed, stays consistent with treatment, and is grateful for the possibility to do so. This client could not have made it through the disability benefit application process without help as he had neither a mailing address or many resources nor the ability to independently follow through with the requirements of SSA or Disability Determination Services (DDS). He has expressed gratitude many times since his approval, stating things like, "SOAR gave me my life back" and "There was no way I could have kept up with all the things I needed to do to get back on track."
Thank you so much for sharing this remarkable success story, Jonathan!