Field Behavioral Care Advocate – Middlesex and Somerset County, NJ -$5000 Sign on Bonus

at UnitedHealth Group
Published May 8, 2022
Location Bernards, NJ
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  

Description

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The overall purpose of the Field Based Care Advocate is to improve the enrollee's ability to remain stable in the community and out of the hospital. The role is to engage the person in the treatment process and then assist him/her to access the appropriate community services so they can pursue their treatment goals in the community and avoid institutionalization. This position requires field visits going into hospitals, clinical facilities and in the community.

The Field Based Care Advocate position is also designed to be a direct clinical liaison between health plan staff and the clinical network. The program fosters a collegial and mutually beneficial relationship between the providers and payers of medical and behavioral health services.
This position is primarily field based. 25% of the time will be in the field, and 75% of the time will be working from home. **Due to COVID-19, this role will initially function as a 100% work from home position until Care Advocates are able to resume field work.

The schedule is Monday - Friday during normal business hours.

If you are located in Middlesex and Somerset County (NJ), you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee initial inpatient admission for psychiatric and chemical dependency patients
  • Make patient assessments and determine appropriate levels of care
  • Administer benefits, review treatment plans, and coordinate transitions between various areas of care
  • Obtain information from providers on outpatient requests for treatment

You’ll find the pace fast and challenges ongoing. We’ll expect you to achieve and document measurable results. You’ll also need to think and act quickly while working with a diverse member population.

Required Qualifications:

  • Clinically independent LCSW, LMFT, LPC or RN with an active and unrestricted license in your state of residence
  • 3+ years of experience of experience in behavioral health
  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or Marriage or Family Counseling; OR Licensed Ph.D.
  • Clinically independent LCSW, LMFT, LPC or LP with an active and unrestricted license in New Jersey
  • Reside in the state of New Jersey
  • Proficient computer skills and good working knowledge of Excel spreadsheets
  • Access to high-speed internet (Cable Broadband, DSL, Fiber Optic) and a dedicated, distraction-free workspace at home
  • Ability to be in the field daily in the assigned territory (Middlesex/Somerset County) after COVID restrictions are lifted
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential requirement of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Inpatient/discharge planning experience
  • Managed care experience
  • Dual diagnosis experience with mental health and substance abuse
  • Experience working in an environment that required coordinating benefits and utilizing multiple groups and resources for patients
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, Outlook, Internet)
  • Bilingual in Spanish

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy.

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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