UnitedHealth Group Licensed Behavioral Health Care Advocate - After Hours - Telecommute in Houston, Texas

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The After Hours Care Advocate will be responsible for case management and utilization review of behavioral health including mental health and substance abuse services.

Telecommute position

This position requires individuals to work evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.

You’ll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Focus on initial inpatient admission and appropriate community based services for psychiatric and chemical dependency patients

  • Reviewing clinical assessments and determining appropriate levels of care

  • Determining if additional clinical services are needed

  • Managing and administering inpatient behavioral health benefits

  • Coordinating benefits and transitions between various areas of care

  • Effectively handling member crisis calls by identifying risk, ensuring safety, and coordinating timely access to care

  • Identifying ways to add value to treatment plans and consulting with facility staff on those ideas

Required Qualifications:

  • Independently Licensed Master's degree-level clinician in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling

  • Active and unrestricted license: LCSW, LPC, LMFT, PhD or RN with 2+ years behavioral health experience

  • 2+ years of demonstrated experience in a related mental health environment; experience in a facility setting preferred.

  • Computer literacy with MS Office proficiency (Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet)

  • Must have the ability to talk on the phone and type at the same time

  • Must be available to work evenings, nights, weekends and holidays

  • Must have access to high speed internet via DSL or Cable

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must be able to assess individuals independently and without supervision

  • Experience with the Medicare or geriatric population is a plus

  • Dual diagnosis experience with mental health and substance abuse

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment

  • Experience working in an environment that required coordination of benefits and utilization of multiple groups and resources for patients

  • Prefer managed care background/experience

  • Demonstrated telephonic/office-based experience

  • Reside within a 1 hour radius of a UHG/Optum office

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

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: 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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