Alzheimer’s care navigator earns elite licensure

Elena Godfrey, care navigator for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, recently received her Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) status — the highest licensure a social worker can achieve in the state of Illinois.

This license requires a minimum of 3,000 hours of work while under the clinical supervision of another LCSW, in addition to the successful completion of a state licensing exam. Becoming an LCSW enables her to seek provider status among various insurance carriers; she is an in-network provider for Medicare, Cigna and ECOH. This provides individuals and families another option in paying for this much-needed service — which can, in turn, help ensure those who need this service are able to receive it.

This achievement demonstrates Ms. Godfrey’s dedication to her profession and the impact that she can have when helping Illinois residents and their families who are facing Alzheimer’s disease,” said Jessica Kirby, director of care navigation services at the chapter. “Through the Care Navigation Program, she meets with individuals and families who have received a diagnosis of dementia to help them assess their current strengths and needs and plan for their care journey.”

Alzheimer’s Association Care Navigation sessions provide clients with guidance, support, coping mechanisms as well as information regarding other community resources. The primary goal is to assist and empower the participants during the current phase of their journey with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. For more about Care Navigation Services, call the Rockford office at (815) 484-1300 or visit

From the Jan. 25-31, 2012, issue

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