DMHAS SOAR Benefits Specialist (Full-time; Middletown, CT)

August 5, 2021

Columbus House, Inc.

Job Posting: Full Time, FLSA Non-Exempt, Non-Essential

DMHAS SOAR Benefits Specialist

VEVRAA Federal Contractor: Priority Referrals of Protected Veterans Requested

Purpose and Functions
Under the direction of the Middlesex Emergency Services Program Manager, the SOAR Benefits Specialist must work in the community and meet individuals experiencing homelessness where they are, including in the woods, under bridges, and in abandoned houses.

Duties and Responsibilities
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. Enter all SOAR applicant data into SOAR Works OAT and Outcomes. Attend weekly and monthly agency, program, and network meetings. Attend any trainings/certifications as required by the state. Other related duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in human services related field; working knowledge of behavioral health service models, including the recovery model; and trauma informed service delivery; strong familiarity with Social Security Administration processes for applying for federal benefits. Minimum 2 years of experience in a professional work environment with proven ability to communicate both verbally and in writing; the ability to collaborate successfully with others; demonstrated time-management and organizational skills; and the ability to meet deadlines and focus on results. Successful completion of the SOAR online training course through SSA within 30 days of hire. Advanced understanding and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including MS Outlook, Access, Excel and Word. Driver’s license with acceptable driving history required.

Supervised by: Middlesex Emergency Services Program Manager
Salary: $17.30 to $19.23 per hour based upon education and experience plus excellent benefits
Schedule: Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with some flexibility

How to apply (choose only one; indicate where you saw posting):

*Email your resume and a cover letter to

*Send your resume and a cover letter to Human Resources Generalist, Columbus House Inc., P.O. Box 7093, New Haven CT 06519

*Fax your resume and a cover letter to 203-773-1430

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Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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