Foster Care Peer Support Specialists - Telecommute in Jackson County, MO

UHG Kansas City, MO

About the Job

Energize your career with one of Healthcare's fastest growing companies.

You dream of a great career with a great company – where you can make an impact and help people. We dream of giving you the opportunity to do just this. And with the incredible growth of our business, it's a dream that definitely can come true. Already one of the world's leading Healthcare companies, UnitedHealth Group is restlessly pursuing new ways to operate our Service Centers, improve our Service levels and help people lead healthier lives. We live for the opportunity to make a difference and right now, we are living it up.

This opportunity is with one of our most exciting business areas: UnitedHealth Care –a growing part of our family of companies that make UnitedHealth Group a Fortune 6 leader.

UnitedHealth Care helps nearly 60 million Americans live their lives to the fullest by educating them about their symptoms, conditions, and treatments; helping them to navigate the system, finance their Healthcare needs, and stay on track with their Health goals. No other business touches so many lives in such a positive way. And we do it all with every action focused on our shared values of Integrity, Compassion, Relationships, Innovation, and Performance.

The Foster Care Peer Support Specialist is responsible for using trauma - informed evidence - based approaches with members and caregivers in the foster care program.  These members are children in the care and custody of the state through the Children’s Division or Division of Youth Services, members who have been adopted through the Children’s Division system, or members who have transitioned out of the Children’s Division system and still receive benefits.  The Foster Care Peer Support Specialist will focus on assisting members and caregivers with developing plans and skills to increase stability in the home and for transitional age and young adult members, working on developing skills that will assist them with successful transition, life, and independence in the adult world.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist families and consumers with defining their recovery goals, and developing the resiliency skills and knowledge needed for the consumer's recovery
  • Assist consumers who are involved in the child welfare system and are dealing with the most complex and difficult issues, including homelessness, trauma, physical health issues, etc.
  • Establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with existing consumer and family organizations
  • Establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with foster care alumni groups
  • Effectively communicate plan information to consumers and consumer operated organizations and with families and family organizations as well as consumer and family rights and responsibilities, in addition to a wide array of other topics including clinical policies, analysis of data and program evaluation
  • As directed, serve as a designated member of internal committees and subcommittees
  • As requested, provide support to family members in making needed appointments
  • Work with the Clinical Program Director, Clinical Director, Foster Care Program Manager and the clinical team to implement 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 family members of consumers being discharged from 24 - hour care, coordinate peer coaching if available and / or to refer them to a support group
  • Assist and support consumers and family members with grievance processes.
  • Collaborate with Care Managers, Foster Care Program Manager, providers, and community agencies and organizations to facilitate access to and transition between services
  • Collaborate with Care Managers, Foster Care Program Manager, providers, and community agencies and organizations to identify consumers and family members of consumers who may benefit from peer support. Participate in treatment planning with consumers and families who request that support
  • Respond to concerns and questions from consumers and families
  • 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 consumers and families
  • Advocate on behalf of the consumers and families
  • Provide or coordinate the provision of peer support to consumers and family members at critical points in their treatment process

Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma / GED (or higher)
  • Obtain the State Peer Support Certification within the first year of employment.
  • Experience / involvement with the child welfare system as a child / youth or foster care parent
  • Access to reliable transportation that will enable you to travel to client and / or patient sites within a designated area
  • Experience with Microsoft Word (create correspondence and work within tables), Microsoft Excel (data entry, sort / filter, and work within tales), and Microsoft Outlook (email and calendar management)
  • Specialist OR the ability to become certified within 12 months of employment
  • Ability to travel at least 75% of the time within a 60 mile radius of Kansas City MO
  • Reside in or near Jackson County MO

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Bilingual in English and Spanish
    • Working knowledge of community resources
    Soft Skills:
    • Thorough understanding of the principles of recovery and resiliency

      Careers at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Challenge brings out the best in us. It also attracts the best. That's why you'll find some of the most amazingly talented people in healthcare here. We serve the healthcare needs of low income adults and children with debilitating illnesses such as Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, HIV / AIDS and High - risk Pregnancy. Our holistic, outcomes - based approach considers social, behavioral, economic, physical and environmental factors. Join us. Work with proactive Healthcare, Community, and Government partners to heal healthcare and create positive change for those who need it most. This is the place 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.

      Keywords: UHG, Kansas City, MO, Jackson County, Recovery, Foster Care, Healthcare, Community