About HARP & Home and Community-based Services
The Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) was designed to provide eligible Medicaid beneficiaries with mental health and substance use disorders with specialized supports to remain in their home and community, rather than institutions, and assist with rehabilitation and recovery through access to Adult Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). New York State (NYS) has experienced slower than anticipated access to HCBS for HARP members and has actively sought to increase HCBS enrollment. NYS and other stakeholders identified key challenges, including: difficulty with enrolling HARP members in Health Homes (HH); locating enrollees and keeping them engaged throughout the lengthy assessment and Plan of Care development process; ensuring care managers have understanding of BH HCBS (including person-centered care planning) and capacity for care managers to effectively link members to rehab services; and difficulty launching HCBS due to low number of referrals to HCBS providers.
[Agency Name] has been awarded HCBS Infrastructure Grant Funds to help clients enroll in HCBS programs. The HCBS Assessor/RCA Coordinator is a key member of this initiative and will be placed at the agency to implement program protocol and ensure that HCBS Infrastructure grant metrics are met. The HCBS Assessor/RCA Coordinator will complete HCBS Community Mental Health Assessments, develop client Plans of Care, submit necessary materials to and coordinate with Medicaid Managed Care contacts, and manage grant-specific data entry. This position will also supervise a small team of Peer Navigators, who will assist in identifying, outreaching, and contacting clients who would benefit from HCBS Services. The HCBS Assessor/RCA Coordinator will work closely with EngageWell IPA’s HCBS Project Coordinator to ensure the participating agency’s overall grant deliverable are met.
• Manages and supervises the delivery of HCBS Infrastructure Grant Funds, coordinating with the Project Coordinator with EngageWell IPA to ensure deliverables are met for the participating agency.
• Supervises a small team of Peer Navigators, who conduct community-based and door-to-door outreach for target population.
• Completes Community Mental Health Assessments for HARP-eligible members and submits to the Medicaid Managed Care company in a timely manner for approval.
• Communicates regularly with MMC company to secure verbal and written approval for HCBS services.
• Regularly reports assessments completed and other project metrics as needed to Project Coordinator
• Works in collaboration and communicates clearly with team members such as other peer navigators, care managers, and social workers to improve patient outcomes.
• Accompanies Peer Navigators on client visits, as needed.
• Stays up to date with state policy changes and developments as they relate to HCBS Services and HARP, attend relevant state webinars and trainings, as needed.
• Attends agency team meetings, case conferences, supervision and trainings, as needed.
This position must be qualified to conduct the Community Mental Health Assessment to assess HARP members. The state-defined qualifications for assessors are as follows:
• A bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields: social work, psychology, nursing, rehabilitation, education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, recreation or recreation therapy, counseling, community mental health, child and family studies, sociology, speech and hearing or other human services field. OR
• A NYS teacher’s certificate for which a bachelor’s degree is required OR
• NYS licensure and registration as a Registered Nurse and a bachelor’s degree OR
• A Bachelor’s level education or higher in any field with five years of experience working directly with persons with behavioral health diagnoses; OR
• A Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).
Two years of Experience:
• In providing direct services to people with Serious Mental Illness, developmental disabilities, or substance use disorders; OR
• In linking individuals with Serious Mental Illness, developmental disabilities, or substance use disorders to a broad range of services essential to successful living in a community setting (e.g. medical, psychiatric, social, educational, legal, housing and financial services).
• A master’s degree in one of the qualifying education fields may be substituted for one year of Experience.
• Experience in project management and achieving grant deliverables in a nonprofit setting
• Experience managing staff in a social service setting
• Demonstrates good interpersonal communications skills and the ability to empathize with, relate to and effectively work with participants and peers with chronic illness, substance use and mental illness, or a history thereof
• Requires the ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, races, sexual orientations and gender identities or expressions.
• Knowledge of community resources for people with chronic medical and behavioral health issues.
• Follows all Federal, State, City and agency-specific client confidentiality and privacy policies as they relate to personal health information and documentation.
• Possesses excellent judgment and the ability to maintain professional relationships and boundaries when working with clients.
• Demonstrates ability and willingness to utilize public transportation to navigate the five boroughs of NYC.
• Experience with and knowledge of HCBS and HARP preferred but not required
Benefits Overview: [Enter agency benefits info]
Note: This is a grant-funded position, and continued funding is not guaranteed.
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