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Behavioral Health Advocate - Field Based in Hopkinsville, KY - 2200508

UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare

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Bowling Green, KY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Optum is a global organization that delivers care, aided by technology to help millions of people live healthier lives. The work you do with our team will directly improve health outcomes by connecting people with the care, pharmacy benefits, data and resources they need to feel their best. Here, you will find a culture guided by diversity and inclusion, talented peers, comprehensive benefits and career development opportunities. Come make an impact on the communities we serve as you help us advance health equity on a global scale. Join us to start Caring. Connecting. Growing together.

The goal of the Field Based Behavioral Health Care Advocate is to help individuals live their lives to the fullest by promoting recovery and resiliency via coordination and collaboration with multiple internal and external partners including consumers and their families/caregivers, medical, behavioral health, and clinical network teams. Field Care Advocates work with complex and high-risk needs with a goal of engaging the consumer in the treatment process, decreasing their reliance on higher levels of care, helping them to access appropriate community services, and assisting them in improving community tenure.

In this role, you’ll wear many hats and work in a variety of environments. Sometimes, you’ll interact with members leaving the hospital, possibly with new medications or diagnoses. Perhaps you’ll perform home visits, assisting members with safe, effective transitions from care environments to where they live. You may also act as an intermediary between providers and members, serving in numerous roles such as educator, evaluator, service coordinator, community resource researcher and more. The result? Fewer hospitalizations, ER visits, costly service gaps, and a less stressed, more effective health care system for us all.

Approximately 40% of the week will be spent meeting in-person with members in the Hopkinsville, KY area. The remainder of the week will be spent working at home. There may be options to work a five 8’s or four 10’s, Monday – Friday.

Due to business needs, residency in or near Hopkinsville, KY is required.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Utilize advanced clinical skills to engage and motivate Consumers via a recovery, health and wellness-oriented approach
  • Assist consumers and their families/caregivers with connections to appropriate psychiatric, medical, and psychosocial referrals and services
  • Identify and remove barriers to procurement, delivery, participation in and success of services
  • Provide supportive follow-up, monitoring and education as indicated, in-person and telephonically
  • Meet with consumers in-person at facilities, provider offices, and in homes as appropriate
  • Partner with designated external providers, programs, entities to address the needs, gaps in care, and recovery goals of complex and high-risk consumers
  • Identify and address the needs of members who are consistently high utilizers of services through case conferences and informal communications
  • Participate in standing meetings to review performance, identify areas of opportunity, and oversee course for improvements
  • Establish and foster positive relationships with medical team, participate in medical-behavioral integration activities and discussions
  • Identify high-risk, co-morbid needs of consumers
  • Accept referrals via designated processes, collaborate in evaluating available services, and coordinate necessary psychiatric and community referrals, as needed
  • Contribute to treatment plan discussions; routinely attend clinical rounds and other meetings with medical partner or external entities, when applicable
  • Partner with internal Optum Behavioral Health Services Teams to coordinate a seamless transition for consumers from an inpatient setting to community-based services
  • Meet all contractual requirements; collaborate early and frequently with other teams in the management of cases stratified as having intensive, complex, and high-risk needs
  • Assist in the development of a relevant and consumer-specific aftercare plan
  • Comply with all policies, procedures, and documentation standards in appropriate systems, tracking mechanisms and databases
  • Collaborate with providers to determine acuity of mental health concerns, barriers and progress; coordinate appropriate services

Benefits Include:

  • 40-hour work week. No nights, weekends, holidays, or being on call!
  • Competitive salaries
  • Comprehensive benefits package that includes Medical, Dental, Paid Time Off, and 401K
  • CEU and license renewal fee reimbursement
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Ability to support your local community and partner with area resources

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • Licensed Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, or Marriage and Family Counseling; Licensed Ph.D.; or RN with behavioral health experience
  • Active, unrestricted clinical license to practice in Kentucky
  • 1+ years of experience in a related mental health setting
  • Proficient computer skills and good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Teams
  • Dedicated home office space and access to install secure high-speed internet in home (Cable Broadband, DSL, or Fiber)
  • Reliable transportation and ability to travel as needed within the designated service delivery area
  • Reside in or near Hopkinsville, KY

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Case management experience
  • Experience in an inpatient setting
  • Dual diagnosis experience with mental health and substance abuse
  • Medical/Behavioral setting experience (i.e., hospital, managed care organization, or joint medical/behavioral outpatient practice)
  • Experience in a community mental health setting
  • Experience working in an environment that required coordination of benefits and utilization of multiple groups and resources for patients
  • Experience in a managed care environment
  • Experience with the Medicaid or Medicare population

At UnitedHealth Group, our mission is to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. We believe everyone–of every race, gender, sexuality, age, location and income–deserves the opportunity to live their healthiest life. Today, however, there are still far too many barriers to good health which are disproportionately experienced by people of color, historically marginalized groups and those with lower incomes. We are committed to mitigating our impact on the environment and enabling and delivering equitable care that addresses health disparities and improves health outcomes – an enterprise priority reflected in our mission.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

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