Consultant Name: Susan Cesnik
Company Name: Progressive Community Services, Inc.
Phone Number: 608-332-6741
Job Title: IRIS Consultant
I work within Dane County’s Self-Directed Services system to assist individuals with a range of developmental disabilities in developing, securing and maintaining individualized support services. I communicate with members of the individuals support team to insure that needs are being addressed and met and advocated/negotiated for individuals with regards to funding and support needs. I also participate in system-wide workgroups and committees as well as facilitated the creation of individual support plans and assist clients and support teams with achieving desired goals. I maintain my knowledge of CIP (Medicaid Waiver) funding requirements and identify and collaborate with community service providers. I also work to build supports and increase community involvement for individual clients where needed and desired.
Name of Institution: University WI Madison
Major/Degree: Master of Science in Social Work
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I have two decades of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities some of whom also have mental health diagnoses (see below for additional information). I have personal experience in dementia/Alzheimer’s care.
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I’m comfortable with pets in the home
More about me
I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals with a wide range of developmental disabilities as well as a range of age groups (from young adults to elderly). I believe in working as a team to support people and have experience working alongside a range of disciplines/professions to support individuals in a holistic manner. I feel a sense of accomplishment in my work when I’ve successfully joined individuals with resources and assisted them in developing connections that help address needs and enhance life.
I started my professional career in Dane County. I have excellent knowledge of supports and services and have a large network of providers I have worked with. I am also willing to learn and research in an ongoing effort to expand on this knowledge.
I have a strong belief in the value of movement/exercise, dogs, and spending time outdoors. I enjoy knitting, gardening, cooking and cycling. I also have a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America and have several years of experience working as a pastry chef.