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  Consultant Name Derrick Harris
  Company Name TMG
  Phone Number (414) 242-6792
  E-Mail DHarris@tmgwisconsin.com

Work History (starting with most recent)

Name of Agency Date of Employment Job Title
TMG 1/9/17 IRIS Consultant

Care Responsibilities

Your TMG IRIS consultant is your partner as you create a plan that meets your needs and stays within your IRIS budget. Your TMG IRIS consultant can connect you to resources in your area, and will be a great source of information for any questions you have.

Educational Background

Name of Institution Major/Degree Degree Obtained Date Obtained
Cardinal Stritch University Bachelor of Science- Human Services Management Yes 5/1/10

Credentials

Name of Certification / Accreditation Certifying Agency Date Certification was Obtained

Specialties (e.g., working with autism, the elderly, employment for people with disabilities or youth in transition, mental health, experience with assisted technology)

Prior to coming to TMG, I worked with a Wisconsin Works (W-2) agency for five years, therefore, I have extensive experience with helping people identify and address medical and mental health barriers.

County/Region I'm familiar with

Milwaukee

Languages or Communication Skills

English

I'm comfortable with pets in the home

Yes

More about me

How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
Partnering means learning about you and your goals then developing an action plan that you feel comfortable with to achieve those goals. This means that I will work with you to identify services and supports available now, which will further help maximize your IRIS budget and keep the resources you need to get the care and support necessary to reach said goals.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
One of my favorite things about being an IRIS consultant is being able to watch and help people reach their goals. I find it very rewarding. One of the techniques I use to achieve this is self-directed care because it’s the path I would choose for myself and it keeps the person using services in control of the things going on around them.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
As a previous case manager, I have a lot of experience working with individuals to help identify goals and develop personalized plans to achieve those goals. I have learned the importance of asking questions and actively listening to those I work with. This helps me to develop a better understanding of the person as a whole and really get an idea of what is important to them.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my spare time I enjoy some relaxing, quiet time at home. This often consists of some sort of Sci-Fi movie or TV program. I also enjoy spending time with my 9-year-old godson who keeps me feeling youthful.

WI DHS/DLTC/F-01486 (04/2015)