Independent living services department

Our Independent Living Services department

independent living services in Juneau, AK
Hello, my name is Tara Smith and I am the Independent Living Services (ILS) program director here at Cornerstone. I have been with Cornerstone since 2000. I started as a CNA, and then moved up to team Leader, then ILS Supervisor and now ILS Program Director and Administrator. During that time, I went back to college and received my degree in Human Services. I am a licensed CNA in the state of Alaska and I started my career as a resident aide and activities assistant for the State of Alaska in a facility in Valdez for the developmentally disabled when I was 21.
 
My primary job as the program director is to oversee the care in our consumer’s homes. It is important for me to keep up on state regulation changes as they apply to the services that CHC is providing. 
I oversee plans for the consumer-direct personal care program as well as a variety of home and community-based waiver services to allow people to remain independent in their own homes. These services are supported Living, in-home supports, day habilitation, respite and/or chore services.
 
My department initiates the screenings for consumers in the Consumer Direct Personal Care program and assists consumers and their families through the assessment and screening process. We also assist with private insurance, grants assigned to us, or self pay should you need guidance.

If you have a potential person that you feel may qualify for assistance or if you have concerns regarding care in one of my consumer’s homes, please feel free to contact me.
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