DECEMBER 15, 2016


Over the last 10 years, the SOAR approach has been used to assist nearly 50,000 people who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness with applications for Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefit programs. The national SOAR allowance rate for 2015 is 64 percent, which compares to the initial allowance rate of 28 percent for all persons aged 18–64 who applied for SSI or SSDI in 2013. Decisions on SOAR-assisted initial applications were received in an average of 81 days in 2015, a decrease of 13 days from 2014.


This webinar will focus on how the SOAR process works well in a complementary fashion with employment supports and the individual employment goals of the people we serve.

Participants will learn:

  •        about the SOAR process and how SOAR can be a critical tool in supporting people’s housing and employment related goals
  •       about connecting with or implementing new SOAR initiatives locally
  •     ways to use information to combat common myths related to accessing benefits and employment (e.g. myth - that you can’t be employed or seeking employment if you want to access SSA benefits)

November 17, 2016

Estate Planning and Empowerment with Ethel B. Sidney, Esq.

Many think that Estate Plans are only for wealthy people.  This webinar challenges that myth and shows how every person can benefit from having an Estate Plan as a form of personal empowerment.  Without one, the laws of the state in which you live will determine who will care for your children if you die or become incapacitated, and who will get your stuff—not just money, but other belongings as well.  If you get sick and don’t have an Estate Plan in place, other people will make important health care decisions on your behalf, often without considering your wishes. 


The webinar explains (1) what exactly is an Estate Plan, (2) what is not typically part of it, (3) why it is so important to have one--even if you don’t have a lot of money or assets—and (4) how you can get one created for you.   The webinar will show how an Estate Plan helps you take back control of your life in very important ways, how it ensures that your wishes will be heard and your choices followed, and how it often makes people feel empowered to take on other life challenges. 

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016


Over the last 6 years Clackamas County has integrated peer support services with mental health and addiction treatment services, corrections, child welfare, and other systems providing services to individuals, youth and young adults, and families.  We have collected outcome data all along the way. In 2015 we served more than 5000 individuals in Peer Support Services, nearly a 1000 more individuals than were served in mental health and addiction treatment services.  Our data includes the numbers and experience of services for adults, youth/young adults, and families with children involved in systems.


August 23, 2016

Building a Peer Support Services System: Challenges, Successes, and Lessons learned

Since 2010 Clackamas County, Oregon has worked to integrated peer supports with many of our systems providing services to individuals, youth/young adults, and families, collecting outcome data along the way. I would like to share how the Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division has worked with the peer community and stakeholders to successfully create a Peer Support Services System of Care.  This webinar will cover funding models, planning structures, relationships with system partners, and community involvement in design of the system.



MAY 9, 2016

The Alternatives Conference call for proposals is due to close May 23rd. To support new presenters, or those who have limited previous experience, in preparing a proposal to speak at conferences, Peerlink invites anyone wishing to gain some tips on preparing a workshop proposal to attend this webinar. This information will not only be useful for the Alternatives Conference proposal process but also other conference proposal applications.

Iron circle: native peer recovery network

april, 20, 2016

Iron Circle is an emerging peer run group started by Klamath Tribal Members. Iron Circle is using culture and a network of peers to promote recovery within the community in which they live. This webinar will focus on Iron Circle's beginnings, and how they were able to form and become a viable option for Natives in recovery.

Making the Tax Code Work for You with Marisa Danley

March 16, 2016

In this webinar, we will explore tax benefits that are targeted toward low-income and people with disabilities. Learn about the Earned Income Tax Credit, Education Credits, and more!


February 17, 2016

Do you work in the non-profit sector and need help finding and securing unrestricted funding? Are you looking to expand your programs but need assistance in securing unrestricted funds? Does the majority of your funding come from contracts or government grants? Are you looking to raise money that is unrestricted but do not know where to begin? Are you creating events such as fundraisers and they max out your time and have very little financial gain? Do your fundraising tactics and goals align with your mission, vision, and objectives? Did you answer YES to any of the questions above? If so, this webinar is for you and you should register and attend!

Employment as a Facilitator of Recovery with Lyn Legere

January 20, 2016

Employment can be an important facilitator of recovery. At the same time, there can be significant challenges along the way. Employment peer support has an important role in creating an environment of hope and belief in potential and meaningful possibilities for both the people using employment services and any employment specialists working on a team. This webinar will describe different roles for peer supporters, available training and possible future directions.