Vince Maro provides support to the Connections team regarding a variety of challenging issues for participants including positive behavior support, relocation planning and county long-term care relationships.
Vince has worked in long-term care in various positions and capacities for 40 years, 33 of these years for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. During that time, he has supported and assisted people with disabilities across the lifespan, from young children through those aging. In addition, he has supported and worked with county human service agencies, providers within the long-term care system, advocacy groups and managed-care organizations. This experience has spanned the evolution and growth of Wisconsin’s long-term care system, which included the early deinstitutionalization of state centers, the Community Options Program (COP), the community-based MA Waivers (CIP 1, COP-W and CIP 2) through today’s Family Care, Partnership and IRIS programs. Throughout this time, self-determination and person-centered planning has been the core of his work.
Vince assists and supports the independent consultants as they work with IRIS participants with significant challenges, including neurological, physical and behavioral issues. The focus is to assist the person, their families and guardians with community resources/support so they may continue to live in their home communities. He also assists the Connections team with ongoing communication and collaboration efforts with county human service agencies, including Adult Protective Services (APS), Mental Health and Children Long-Term Support (18 years) units. Vince provides training to Connections staff in the areas of Positive Behavior Support and Adult Protection/Abuse & Neglect.
Vince is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a master’s degree in speech pathology. He enjoys being outdoors, growing vegetables and operates Coon Creek Family Farm with his wife, Julie.