InterAct Staff Recognized as SOAR Superstars


As part of the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness, a program entitled SSI Outreach, Access and Recovery-better known as SOAR-has been developed to create an expedited path for adults who are homeless or at risk of being homeless to obtain Social Security disability benefits. These benefits increase opportunities for people to receive needed treatment, obtain housing, and build successful lives in the community. At InterAct we have learned it “takes a village” to successfully navigate the system on behalf of persons served; so we’ve built a SOAR workgroup made up of dedicated ACT clinicians, SAS and CTT Case Managers, and Team Assistants to stay on the path to success. The SOAR process focuses on actively assisting individuals to “get it right the first time” using outreach, engagement, and meeting people where they are. Data for Southwest Michigan Region 6 shows InterAct staff submitted 114 applications = 33% of the total applications filed since 2007. The Region 6 approval rate for SOAR applications is 72% with decisions coming in 109 days. InterAct had two staff designated as “SOAR Superstars” in 2011 by SOAR Across Michigan. Congratulations to Raquel DeAnda-Ring and Heather Roe-Lehman for this recognition. At a special statewide SOAR meeting held November 15, 2012, InterAct staff member Brandy Kovach received Michigan’s “Community Partner Award.”  This much-deserved award recognizes Brandy for the excellent organizational skills she has provided to InterAct’s SOAR efforts on behalf people we serve.