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Peer Support Specialist Field Travel at UnitedHealth Group

Peer Support Specialist Field Travel

UnitedHealth Group Work From Home, GA Full-Time

$3,000 SIGN ON BONUS FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS

Combine two of the fastest-growing fields on the planet with a culture of performance, collaboration and opportunity and this is what you get. Leading edge technology in an industry that's improving the lives of millions. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about making health care data available wherever and whenever people need it, safely and reliably. There's no room for error. Join us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)

The Peer Support Specialists support the work of contract for Optum and the Health Plan at the direction of the Clinical Program Manager. He/She is specifically charged with supporting consumers and families on a daily basis, communicating with families and consumers to support their engagement, recruiting family members and consumers to serve on committees and task forces, and maintaining excellent relationships with all consumer- and family-run services and programs.

Working Schedule: Schedule is Monday-Friday standard business work hours 8am-5pm.

Location:  - Brooklyn, NY

Local travel up to 75% and mileage is reimbursed at current government rate.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Use his/her own Recovery experience and training to assist families and consumers with defining their Recovery goals, and developing the skills and knowledge needed for the consumer’s recovery
  • Support the creation and assist with the implementation of a comprehensive Training and Education program with peers, families, Providers and staff
  • Establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with existing Consumer and Family organizations, so members of those organizations become actively involved with Optum/Health Plan activities
  • Communicate Plan information to consumers and Consumer-operated organizations and with families and family organizations. In addition to communicating, a wide array of other topics including Clinical policies, analysis of data and Program evaluation
  • Identify and outreach to community and leaders of ethnic minority groups to identify and develop programs that are both culturally competent and also use recovery and resiliency
  • As directed, serve as a designated member of Internal subcommittees
  • Participate in Optum and Health Plan Quality Review processes
  • Enable us to communicate effectively with consumers and their families about all aspects of the Mental Healthcare Delivery system as well as their rights and responsibilities
  • As requested, provide support to consumer or family members in making needed appointments
  • Work with the Clinical Program Managers and the Clinical team to implement intensive, enhanced care coordination when requested, which may include peer support as well as other community-based services designed to stabilize the consumer’s condition, including working with the consumer in the development of a WRAP plan and a Crisis plan
  • Be available to provide direct support to consumers being discharged from 24-hour care or to refer them to a support group
  • Assist and support consumers and family members with Grievance processes
  • Collaborate with Care Managers, Providers, and Community agencies and organizations to facilitate access to and transition between services
  • Collaborate with Care Managers, providers, and community agencies and organizations to identify consumers who may benefit from peer support.
  • Respond to concerns and questions from consumers and families
  • Participate in Treatment planning with consumers and families who request that support
  • Work with community agencies along with and/or on behalf of consumers and families
  • Provide feedback about Treatment planning development based on their interactions with other consumers and families
  • Advocate on behalf of the consumers and families
  • Provide peer support to consumers and family members at critical points in their treatment process
  • Serve as liaison between Optum, the Health Plan and those who use services
  • Recruit and support consumers, parents and family members to participate in all phases of the operation of Optum and the Health Plan, from the Governing Body and Mental Health Advisory Board to Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (QA/PI) Committees and all other critical initiatives

What are the reasons to consider working for UnitedHealth Group?   Put it all together - competitive base pay, a full and comprehensive benefit program, performance rewards, and a management team who demonstrates their commitment to your success. Some of our offerings include:

  • Paid Time Off which you start to accrue with your first pay period plus 8 Paid Holidays
  • Medical Plan options along with participation in a Health Spending Account or a Health Saving account
  • Dental, Vision, Life& AD&D Insurance along with Short-term disability and Long-Term Disability coverage
  • 401(k) Savings Plan, Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Education Reimbursement
  • Employee Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Voluntary Benefits (pet insurance, legal insurance, LTC Insurance, etc.)
  • More information can be downloaded at: [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Peer Support Specialist Field Travel

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:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 1+ year of working knowledge of community resources 
  • 1+ year of experience with the Medicaid population 
  • 1+ year of experience demonstrated understanding of the principles of recovery and resiliency and lived experience
  • Successful completion of Certified Peer Specialist training program within one year of employment to remain employed
  • Ability to travel 75% of the time within 60 miles of territory assigned
  • Reliable transportation, with a current and non-restricted state of New York Driver’s License and State-required insurance
  • 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:

  • Associates degree or higher
  • Intermediate level of proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Completion of Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Completion of Whole Health Action Management Training
  • Ability to facilitate training events

Soft Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients, and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies now require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles require full COVID-19 vaccination 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.

Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make health care 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)

**PLEASE NOTE** The sign-on bonus is only available to external candidates.  Candidates who are currently working for UnitedHealth Group, UnitedHealthcare or a related entity in a full time, part time or per diem basis ("Internal Candidates") are not eligible to receive a sign on bonus. 

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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