UnitedHealth Group Medicaid Care Advocate - Field Based in San Diego County - Telecommute for Washington State in Escondido, California

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As a Behavioral Health Care Advocate you will be responsible for case management and utilization review of behavioral health and substance abuse cases. You'll have a direct impact on the lives of our members as you recommend and manage the appropriate level of care throughout the entire treatment plan.

This position is both field-based and telephonic. Field based and telephonic for San Diego County, California and telephonic only for Washington State. When not in the field, this will be a telecommute / work from home position.

If you are located within commutable distance of San Diego County, California, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges.

What makes your clinical career greater with UnitedHealth Group? You can improve the health of others and help heal the health care system. You will work within an incredible team culture; a clinical and business collaboration that is learning and evolving every day. And, when you contribute, you'll open doors for yourself that simply do not exist in any other organization.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Make patient assessments and determining appropriate levels of care

  • Obtain information from providers on outpatient requests for treatment

  • Determine if additional clinical treatment sessions are needed

  • Manage inpatient and outpatient mental health cases throughout the entire treatment plan

  • Administer benefits and review treatment plans

  • Coordinate benefits and transitions between various areas of care

  • Identify ways to add value to treatment plans and consulting with facility staff or outpatient care providers on those ideas

Required Qualifications:

  • Licensed Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or Marriage or Family Counseling, OR Licensed Ph.D. Licenses must be active and unrestricted in the states of California and Washington

  • 2+ years of post - Masters experience in a related mental health environment

  • Proficient Microsoft skills (Word, Excel, Outlook)

  • Ability to travel within San Diego County California

  • Access to high speed internet from home / Broadband cable or DSL

  • Dedicated workspace from home

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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

  • Medicaid experience

  • Reside in a commutable distance of San Diego County, California

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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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