Consultant Name: Ellen Merker
Company Name: Progressive Community Services, Inc.
Phone Number: 608-513-2139
Job Title: Support Broker
Care Responsibilities: I provide resources to clients with developmental disabilities and their families. I help complete necessary county paperwork for funding and services and advocate for services based on support needs. I help assist students in their final year of high school in transitioning to the long term care system. This includes providing resources on social security/Medicaid, working with DVR and schools to create goals, plans, and find paid employment, and helping to problem solve to ensure a full and meaningful schedule following high school.
Name of Institution: University of WI-Madison
Major/Degree: Rehabilitation Psychology, MS and BS
Name of Certification/Accreditation: Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Certifying Agency: CRCC
Date Certification was Obtained: 5/2012
Prior to starting at PCS, I worked 1:1 with teens with Autism on communication, academic and social skills. I have a significant amount of experience working with individuals with disabilities who have been sexually or physically abused, and who have experienced other forms of trauma.
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More about me
I have been working in case management for people with developmental disabilities since October 2012. Prior to that, I worked as an intern with Community TIES behavioral consulting, WI Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Madison College Disability Resource Services. In addition, I worked for six years with teens with Autism to help teach them important skills and provide resources for the family.In my spare time, I do work with the Dane County Rape Crisis Center to help educate individuals with developmental disabilities around safe and healthy relationships, assertiveness, online safety, and sexual assault. I received both a B.S. and M.S. in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of WI-Madison. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, playing ultimate Frisbee and tennis, hiking, and photography.
In my spare time, I do work with the Dane County Rape Crisis Center to help educate individuals with developmental disabilities around safe and healthy relationships, assertiveness, online safety, and sexual assault. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, playing ultimate Frisbee and tennis, hiking, and photography.