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 Behavioral Health Care Advocate (Bilingual Preferred!) San Diego, CA - San Diego, California, United States

Job information
Posted by: Optum Consumer Solutions Group 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Health - Other
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 718720719 / Latpro-3581131 
Date posted: Nov-15-2017
State, Zip: California, 92101


You have high standards. So do we. Here at UnitedHealth Group, this includes offering an innovative new standard for care management. It goes beyond counseling services and verified referrals to programs integrated across the entire continuum of care. That means you'll have an opportunity to make an impact on a huge scale - as part of an incredible team culture that's defining the future of behavioral health care.

The Care Advocate serves as an integral part of the BHST team and works collaboratively with the County of San Diego Justice System to screen individuals identified to participate in California's AB109 re-alignment program for offenders and help link them to appropriate services. As the team is co-located with County Probation off-site, and provides services seven days a week, the Care Advocate screens individuals as well as provides leadership in daily operations. The work requires strong partnership with the legal system including Probation department, Court system, State corrections, district attorneys office and providers.

Primary Responsibilities:

Conducts comprehensive behavioral health screenings in a dynamic environment to include jail and other settings
Review available behavioral health history to coordinate services and assure appropriate level of care for clients
Responsible for identification, awareness and establishing contacts of specific community resources for AB109 Population and the enrollment process
Leads coordination of appropriate level of care linkage for Post Release Offenders to community behavioral health and ancillary services
Guides the provision of short term clinical case management to ensure continuity of behavioral health and medical services
Available to assist BHST Care Advocates is daily operations and duties
Navigates and advocates within behavioral health system of care on behalf of AB109 clients as needed
Models and engages clients to participate in screening process and work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team to develop case plans, provide linkage to care based on their individual needs, preference and objectives
Exemplifies the use of motivational interviewing techniques to help clients identify and understand intrinsic goals and engage in behavior change
Participates in ongoing multi-disciplinary team meetings providing education and consultation with regards to linkage to behavioral health and ancillary services within system of care
Guides clinical care consultations with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation personnel, San Diego Sheriffs department, probation officers, and community treatment providers.
Advances the troubleshooting of internal and external problems
Assess for safety risks/provides crisis intervention and behavioral health screenings for AB109 population
Receives and reviews clinical screenings, linkage and levels of care requests
Assist in orientation of Behavioral Health System of care to Probation partners
Provides ongoing education of behavioral health system of care to providers, consumers and other stakeholders
Makes suggestions for change and improvements in the functioning of the department and coordination of care within the system of care with Probation partners, Behavioral Health Services and Treatment providers
Maintain timely and appropriate clinical documentation records in San Diego County Probation and Behavioral Health Electronic Health records
Use of technological systems to support clinical delivery of services
Requires access to Cerner Electronic Health Record which includes Protected Health Information and Probation Case Management System
Adheres to pertinent HIPAA rules and regulations
Other duties and responsibilities as required

Required Qualifications:

Active and unrestricted licensed MFT, LCSW, LPCC and/or Psy,D in the State of California
2+ years post-Masters experience in a related mental health environment
Proficient Microsoft skills (Word, Excel, Outlook)
Ability to travel to external client locations in the greater San Diego County, CA area
Preferred Qualifications:

Bilingual Spanish
Inpatient experience
Dual diagnosis experience with mental health and substance abuse
Experience working in an environment that required coordination of benefits and utilization of multiple groups and resources for patients
Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make the health system work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world's large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

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.

Job Keywords: San Diego, Care Advocate, MFT, LCSW, LPCC, Psy,D, Bilingual, Spanish, CA, California


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