Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Tara Hembree

Training Specialist II
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45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

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Phone: (207) 626-5213

Tara came to the Muskie School in 2005 from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), where she was an eligibility specialist for 7 years. Tara worked in a variety of offices around the state with varying populations, which prepared her well for her job at Muskie. Tara is responsible for training new eligibility specialists on all policies and procedures relating to the MaineCare, Food Supplement, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families programs administered through DHHS. Tara has expertise in the ACES computer system designed for Maine DHHS to determine client eligibility.  Tara trains new DHHS employees to navigate the ACES system so that they can provide excellent customer service and accurate benefits to their client population. In her spare time, Tara is working with DHHS staff and management as well as other Muskie employees to get the current classroom based training online. She has successfully delivered the first module of “Introduction” to three classes. The Food Supplement online curriculum is under development and will be ready for piloting by the end of this year. Tara has a husband and 6 year old son who loves music and keeps her busy. She also loves to knit and has an affinity for goats.

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