When caring for someone with a disability, you sometimes need extra help. Our professional personal advocate, Caroline Girgenti, can help in dozens of ways.
We charge an hourly rate for advocate services. Our personal advocate program is for anyone who needs the extra help in navigating disability services.
One on One, for big tasks and small ones
Caroline meets and works with beneficiaries and families. She helps sort through issues and goals to see what services are needed. Services range from big tasks, like finding a job, to smaller ones, like filling out forms and applications.
Services span a wide range
We're here to help with these sorts of concerns:
- health care and wellness
- budgeting and finances
- legal needs
- personal care
- social life and enrichment
In an effort to serve our clients to the best of our ability, Caroline recently completed an SSI/SSDI and Work Incentives training that also included topics such as SNAP benefits, Housing Subsidies, Earned Income Disregard (Housing), Earned Income Tax Credit, and ABLEnow. This month, Caroline also completed certification as an application consultant (CAC) for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through Blue Ridge Legal Services. This training provides certification in assisting consumers gain access to healthcare through Medicaid, CHIP and the Marketplace. Additionally, Caroline is in training to become a Certified Care Manager (CCM) through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM). The NACC exists to "promote delivery of safe and effective care as a care manager and to advance the quality of care management services in long-term care through the certification of qualified care managers". Required domains of competency for CCMs include Assessing and identifying client strengths, needs, concerns and preferences, Establishing goals and plan of care, Implementing care plan, Managing and monitor the ongoing provision of and need for care and Ensuring professional practice & Supervision of Care Management. Congratulations to Caroline!
Get In Touch
Contact Caroline to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.
You can reach Caroline at (703) 208 1119 Ext. 120 or at CGirgenti@thearcofnova.org.
An Advocate You Can Rely On
Caroline Girgenti is our Advocate in our Special Needs Trust department. With more than 10 years of work history in the disability services field, Caroline brings both a commitment to the cause and a wealth of expertise. Caroline is an experienced Program Manager who has worked in the mental health and intellectual disabilities fields. She's skilled in nonprofit, program, and project management; as well as leadership, policy analysis, and program development. Caroline earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, and holds an Masters degree from George Mason University.
Get in touch with Caroline at CGirgenti@thearcofnova.org.