• SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) began in 2005 and works to utilize SSA benefits as tools in recovery from homelessness and mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders
  • The Stepping Stones to Recovery curriculum, for which Ms. Perret is the lead author, is the training curriculum for SOAR
  • SOAR is based on the SSI Outreach Project, a SSA demonstration program that Ms. Perret began and directed from 1993-2002.
  • The Project achieved a 96% approval rate on initial claims for those for whom a report of support was written.
  • The Project was named a Best Practice Program by the National Alliance to End Homelessness in 2001 and an Exemplary Program by SAMHSA in 2005.
  • SOAR consists of three parts: Training, systems change planning and technical assistance.
  • The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) considers SOAR  to be a promising practice.
  • Ms. Perret has presented on SOAR, homelessness and mental illness at numerous statewide and national conferences.
  • Ms. Perret has worked in 47 states to facilitate SOAR planning, to train staff in developing claims, and to provide technical assistance.
  • Ms. Perret is open to questions, concerns, and to read reports for SOAR-trained individuals to advance the success of SOAR.

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