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Member Services Clinician

Company: Vaya Health
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB:The shift for this position is Sunday 7:00 pm - 7:00 am, Monday and Tuesday 9:00 pm-7:00 am, and Wednesday 11:00 pm - 7:00 am. This position is within the Member Services Department at Vaya Health. The Member Services Clinician is responsible for providing an array of functions to assist consumers in receiving clinically appropriate assessments and services. Telephone calls come to the unit via a 1-800 number from consumers, families, agencies, organizations, professionals and others in our region encompassing 22 counties.The primary purpose of the position is to provide telephone screening and triage for consumers and families who are seeking mental health, substance abuse, or developmental disability services. The unit assesses the nature of the consumer's problem situation, determines the urgency of the consumer's need, and makes a referral to the most appropriate service available based on the consumer's preferences and resources.Duties include linking consumers to needed services within clinically appropriate time frames, including telephonic clinical triage and referral which includes a determination of need for urgent or emergent services. In addition to providing clinical support the position will also directly handle any telephonic requests for services at times of heavy call volume. The employee works productively and efficiently with a wide variety of consumers, familes, agencies, professionals, law enforcement and others in the community. Callers may be in distress or in emergency or crisis situations requiring speedy assessment and intervention. Some callers are at risk to harm themselves or others and this risk must be accurately assessed. The high volume of calls requires the employee to balance the need to do a careful and accurate telephone assessment of the consumer's need and situation, with the need to be efficient in the use of time to complete the screening and triage interaction. The employee develops and maintains the knowledge and skills necessary to accurately assess and refer consumers from all disability areas, and also maintains a good working knowledge of resources available in the 23 county service area.Note: This position requires access to and use of confidential healthcare information or protected health information (PHI) as described in laws addressing patient confidentiality, including, but not limited to, the federal HIPAA law, the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Patient Records law, 42 CFR Part 2, and various state laws. As such, the individual filling this position shall be required to be trained regarding such laws and shall be required to observe those laws in his/her capacity as an employee of Vaya Health. The individual filling this position shall also sign a confidentiality statement as an employee of Vaya Health.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:Facilitate Consumer Access to Care: * Perform clinical screening, triage and referral to consumers needing services. * Answer and provide disposition to service request calls at times of heavy call volume* Handle crisis calls in the Member Services Call Center: Triage calls for urgency and facilitate access to crisis services when risk indicators are present. Where safety is at risk, the employee initiates immediate intervention via law enforcement, emergency medical assistance, or involuntary commitment.* The employee provides brief crisis interventions and/or support when indicated to facilitate the assessment process, encourages compliance, addresses saftey issues, etc. Clinical functions are performed by the Member Services Clinicians.* The employee accurately documents all contacts according to LME and State standards and promptly transfers screening and triage information to the provider of choice to conduct the assessment and develop the Person Centered Plan.
Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS & CREDENTIALING REQUIREMENTS: A Masters degree in a Human Services field (such as Psychology, Social Work, etc) is required, along with at least two years of post-degree progressive experience providing services to the population served. Must possess a current and valid professional license or certificate in North Carolina; or possess a current and valid license or certificate from another state or be certified by the national accrediting body appropriate to their profession. (URAC HCC 5)Experience in the public mental health field and a through understanding of the services available in the catchment area is highly desired due to the complexity of the work of the organization. Prior experience in a Call Center environment in Behavioral Healthcare would be valuable for this employee.ORGraduation from a State accredited school of nursing and two years of experience in psychiatric nursing which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
A degree alone does not prepare an applicant for this position. Experience providing mental health or substance abuse services are essential.
No experience can be substituted for the formal degree.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Person in this position is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities on the organization information system; viewing a computer terminal; and extensive reading. Physical activity in this position includes crouching, reaching, walking, talking, hearing and repetitive motion of hands, wrists and fingers. Sedentary work with lifting requirements up to 10 pounds, sitting for extended periods of time.
KNOWLEDGE OF JOB:* A high level of diplomacy and discretion is required to effectively negotiate and resolvedissues with minimal assistance. This will require exceptional interpersonal skills, highly effective communication ability, and the propensity to make prompt independent decisions based upon relevant facts. Problem solving, negotiation, arbitration and conflict resolution skills are essential to balance the needs of both internal and external customers.* Mastery of utilization review principles to resume continuity of care and clinical evaluations as needed for appropriate provision of intensive, crisis services and other levels of care to ensure linkage to correct services; * Knowledge of documentation and clinical protocols for utilization purposes.* Knowledge of linage, authorization and level of care determinations, assisting providers with creative problem solving to suggest alternative approaches to care.* Clinical knowledge of managed systems of mental health and substance abuse. Knowledge of managed behavioral care practices.* Ability to collaborate with providers and other agencies.* Clinical knowledge of mental health and substance abuse treatment as a basis for clinical triage and referral decisions * Comprehensive knowledge of resources and the ability to use a personal workstation. Knowledge of databases and data entry is essential. A degree alone does not prepare an applicant for this position. Experience providing mental health, substance abuse, or intellectual/ developmental disabilities services are essential. This employee should have knowledge of individual and group dynamics, and will learn de-escalation of telephonic situations, and a thorough knowledge risk indicators. Considerable knowledge of governmental and private organizations and resources in the community is beneficial. Considerable knowledge of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern LME operations is beneficial. Skill in establishing rapport with staff/consumers in discussing their issues in a sensitive, supportive and nonjudgmental way is necessary. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community members and provider agency staff is necessary.
Other skills or abilities require are as follows:* Knowledge of behavioral health principles, techniques, and practices, and their applications to complex treatment and service provision.* Considerable knowledge of person-centered and recovery philosophies.* Familiarity with mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse disorders.* The ability to remain professionally responsive in an ethical and sensitive manor to individual's needs throughout the course of the work day/shift.* The ability to work responsibility and effectively with others for a timely resolution of the caller's needs.* The ability to interact professionally and effectively with persons who are upset and who disagree.* Knowledge of the laws, regulations, and policies which govern human services and utilization management.* The ability to express ideas clearly and concisely orally and in writing, and to plan and execute work effectively and efficiently.The ability to utilize complex telephone and computer systems, and to read and document information electronically.
LICENSURE:Must possess a current, active, unrestricted professional license or certification from North Carolina in a Human Services field (such as Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Addictions, etc.) or for RN candidates, the employee must have a current, active, unrestricted professional license to practice as a registered Nurse in North Carolina by the NC Board of Nursing.
LOCATION REQUIREMENT:This position is required to reside in North Carolina
SALARY: Depending on qualifications & experience of candidate. This position is exempt and is not eligible for overtime compensation.
APPLY: Vaya Health accepts online applications in our Career Center, please visit Ind.001
Vaya Health is an equal opportunity employer.

Sunday 7p-7a
Mon/Tues 9p-7a
Wed 11p-7aCategoryMental Health and Substance Abuse Social WorkersEducationMaster's DegreeExperience2 to 20+ yearsJob typeFull time

Keywords: Vaya Health, St. Louis , Member Services Clinician, Other , Saint Louis, Missouri

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