Massachusetts Medicaid (MassHealth) pays for health care for certain low and medium income people living in Massachusetts. The Re-Integration Coordinator (Coordinator) will be responsible for the development, coordination and/or facilitation of comprehensive discharge plans to include housing, medical and mental health substance abuse programming education programs for inmates at the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction. The Coordinator will ensure all interactions with inmates and outside agencies for discharge planning are tracked and reported in their electronic medical record. Additionally, the Coordinator will provide education, medical case management, and discharge/reintegration planning for all inmates as needed. This position reports to the Re-Integration Manager or their designee. This is a non-exempt position that will be covered under a collective bargaining agreement (NEPBA, Local 525).
Additional responsibilities of the Coordinator include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Coordinating intake interviews and processing forms;
- Assisting inmates with MassHealth applications;
- Verifying, identifying and managing health insurance information for inmates and detainees committed to the House of Correction and Jail;
- Working with community hospitals to ensure that inpatient stays are billed to the appropriate payee (private or MassHealth) in accordance with state and federal regulations;
- Contacting either private insurance carriers or MassHealth to verify an inmate’s insurance status;
- Tracking the inpatient status of both pre-trial & sentenced population;
- Contacting the billing department of the appropriate medical facility regarding an inmate/detainees inpatient status;
- Working collaboratively with HSU and MSO accounting staff to coordinate benefits and ensure that medical billing is appropriately tracked and managed;
- Working with the MSO medical staff, case managers and the reentry manager to ensure that all inmates and detainees have access to health insurance benefits and when eligible are enrolled in MassHealth prior to discharge;
- Coordinating with MassHealth to suspend and reactivate an inmate/detainee benefits in accordance with state and federal regulations;
- Assisting in re-entry issues as determined by the Re-Integration Manager and MSO management;
- Arrange and provide information on all outside agencies that offer services at the correctional facility;
- Shall maintain accurate statistics for weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports and assist the Re-Integration Manager and Health Services Administrator in compiling monthly outcome reports as required;
- Maintain a working relationship with outside agencies to coordinate care;
- Coordinate all paperwork for MassHealth applications both inpatient and at the end of sentence;
- Work with all of the MSO departments (medical, mental health, classification and substance abuse) to coordinate care;
- Performing other duties as required by management.
Working Conditions: This position requires:
- Direct contact with inmates/detainees in a secure correctional setting;
- Standing and walking for prolonged periods of time;
- Possible exposure to adverse weather conditions;
- Possible need to lift and/or carry heavy objects up to 100 pounds.
This position may encounter verbal and physical abuse from offenders while working in a correctional facility and will be required to interact with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress. The individual selected for the position of Coordinator shall be cognizant of the confidential and sensitive nature of working in a law enforcement agency.
- Bachelor’s Degree;
- Strong written, communication, organizational and time-management skills;
- Ability to keep accurate records and generate timely reports.
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
- Five (5) to seven (7) years of documented experience working with clientele in social services, case management, victim advocacy and substance abuse services;
- One (1) year minimum working in a correctional setting;
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Must be a Massachusetts resident, have an active valid driver’s license and the right to legally operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts and pass a criminal background check.
Salary:Starting annual base salary from $62,600.62 plus additional benefits.