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  Consultant Name Rachel Brunette
  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 7/10/2017 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
Marquette University Social Work, Criminal Justice minor in Psychology Yes 12/1/2011

Credentials

Name of Certification / Accreditation Certifying Agency Date Certification was Obtained
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention CPI (Milwaukee Center for Independence) 3/1/2017
Basic Life Support (CPR & AED) American Heart Association 11/1/2016

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 for the Milwaukee Center for Independence in the LIFE Services Department. There, I provided day services for individuals of all ages with developmental and intellectual disabilities. My special focus, however, was on the senior population. I also took potential participants on tours of the building; initiated the intake process; guided families and future participants through the enrollment stage; worked on authorizations for the day program; got participants set up for their first day and assisted with billing.

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 collaborate with individuals in the community and get to know them as a person. From there, I identify the levels of support they are looking for at home as well as in the community. Together, we will Identify key goals, potential obstacles, create plans to put goals in motion as a partnership. It is my job to empower the participant to make their own choices to “clear the path ahead.”

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
My favorite thing about being a TMG IRIS Consultant is the journey. I like the initial meeting because it is a chance to get to know the person, lay a foundation for a good partnership, and discuss goals and strategies to empower the person. I also enjoy seeing the reactions of the individuals I partner with as they succeed with their goals. This is a reminder to the person, the people that support them and myself that anything is possible with the right plans in place and a positive outlook.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
My education and experience working with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities has taught me how to create meaningful partnerships with people, and discover what needs and goals they would like to accomplish. It has also taught me how to take a partner’s ideas and creatively make them into plans, and then carry out these plans to increase empowerment and independence at home and in the community.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy going to parks near my home and traveling to new places and checking out other national parks. I strive to go on one special trip a year. I also like spending time with my family and friends as much as possible. When I have free time, I like to make arts and crafts, in particular I enjoy making soy wax candles.

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