Health and Human Services Award

Waukesha County Health and Human Services Award
Waukesha County Health and Human Services Award is received by Karen Cimbalnik

Karen Cimbalnik, Financial and Residential Specialist, has been a HIL employee since 10-1-1997.  She works with the SAIL program (Supervised Apartments for Independent Living) that operates out of Waukesha County Mental Health Center.  Karen works side by side with Waukesha County staff social workers and case managers.

In May of 2007 Karen received the Waukesha County Health and Human Services Award.  Fellow workers nominated her for her professionalism and quality of service.

The following areas were identified as areas warranting recognition:

Karen takes an active role in encouraging consumers to take steps toward greater independence.  She is an integral part in helping consumer’s transition from group homes to their own apartments or to Patricia Place or Madison House.  If individuals have the skills but lack the confidence to become their own payee, she finds ways to slowly help them feel successful. 

Karen is especially skilled at looking for ways we can do things more efficiently.  She works individually with consumers to review budgets and provide tips for saving money.  Karen also monitors consumer’s work earnings and adjusts monthly monies so they can pay towards their bills.  She passes her insights on to staff and consumers alike. 

Karen serves the consumers of Waukesha County with respect and professionalism.  She also treats the staff with kindness and great patience.  She will answer the same questions, again and again, with a smile. (From both staff and consumers!) She works hard to streamline the procedures we must follow to process check requests, benefit reviews etc. 

Karen assists many case managers with the coordination of benefits and finances for hundreds of Waukesha consumers!

Congratulations Karen!  We are proud to have you on our team.