• IRIS Consultant Biography

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  Consultant Name Lillian Costello
  Company Name TMG
  Phone Number 844-864-8987
  E-Mail IRISInfo@tmgwisconsin.com

Work History (starting with most recent)

Name of Agency Date of Employment Job Title
TMG 4/29/19 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 about the IRIS program. In a self-directed program like IRIS, you decide who provides your support and services and when they happen. You may have natural support from people in your life, or you may choose to purchase the support you need from an agency or someone that you hire directly. Your TMG IRIS consultant will be there to talk through these decisions with you, and will help you put a plan in place that reflects your choices.

Educational Background

Name of Institution Major/Degree Degree Obtained Date Obtained
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Bachelor’s degree in Social Work Yes 12-2015

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)

I previously worked as a Family Case Manager for the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services (DMCPS). After that, I was a Children's Long-Term Support (CLTS) Service Coordinator, helping families acquire resources around their community to meet their children's needs. I took a break from that to assist at a middle school, where I helped children with learning disabilities in their classes. I also coached 7th grade boys’ basketball and 7th grade girls’ volleyball teams. Although I enjoyed working my previous jobs, I am thrilled to be working in the social work field again helping people achieve their goals.

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'?
I make sure I listen to what the person I’m partnering with wants, and I work with them on reaching their goals in the way they want to achieve them.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
My favorite thing about being a TMG IRIS Consultant is being able to help people I partner with advocate for themselves and so that they are able to live independently.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
I have worked with teens who use the Children's Long-Term Waiver and have helped transitioned teens into the IRIS program once they come of age. I have previous experience working with a diverse population and making sure the people I partner with get the resources and supports that they need to self-direct their lives.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time I love staying active. Some things I especially like are kayaking, hiking, bird watching, camping, attending sporting events, going to the gym, and exploring new places in Milwaukee – especially food places!

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