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New Job Eligibility Screener In Massachusetts

Eligibility Screener
Eligibility Screener

Eligibility Screener

Company : Mass Rehabilitation Commission
Salary : $63,831 - $87,082 a year
Location : Massachusetts

Full Description

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) is moving towards an Integrated Eligibility (IE) approach to centralize and improve the application and eligibility determination experience and process for its consumers and allow them to benefit from the full array of services from MRC, in a streamlined, efficient manner. The unit of individuals that will be responsible for facilitating integrated eligibility is referred to as “MRC Connect.” This is the first step in standardizing processes and aligning with a unified technology future state solution (“OneMRC”) system at MRC.

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) is a learning and participatory performance culture with an emphasis on high performance teams, individual performance/contribution/impact, and engaging in activities to promote and support a program/division/agency (e.g., committee membership, Roadmap workgroup membership, presenting at Town Halls). In addition, MRC is an agency committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial equity, as well as innovation, transformation, and change, and creating a culture of agility, excellence, and belonging. MRC has approximately 800 employees working in a hybrid remote and in-office environment.

Applicants who do not currently possess either a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, a Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling, or a License in Rehabilitation Counseling are welcome to apply and be considered. The selected applicant will be required to obtain the specified preferred qualifications within three (3) years from date of hire.

MRC is seeking full-time, highly motivated, and qualified individuals for the MRC Connect position of Eligibility Screener. An ideal candidate will determine eligibility for programs within MRC Connect in a virtual setting. Eligibility Screeners have knowledge of MRC programmatic services, regulations, and eligibility standards as well as relevant medical knowledge related to rehabilitation counseling. The Eligibility Screener is responsible for the efficient and timely eligibility determination of applications and work closely with MRC Connect personnel to effectively review application information, hold intake meetings, and conduct service need assessments. The Eligibility Screener must have excellent customer service skills and experience to engage with diverse consumers on a regular basis. The Eligibility Screener is responsible for learning and staying up to date on MRC’s diversity, equity, inclusion and racial equity skills, results, and expectations specific to MRC Connect. Eligibility Screener will create and contribute to an inclusive, participatory, high performing team and culture. Serve as an ambassador for the agency, including building relationships with relevant diverse community members, agency representatives and stakeholders, and other external groups.

Supervision: Works under the direct supervision of the MRC Connect Supervisor and the general supervision of Director who provides guidance and direction as needed.

  • Eligibility Screeners are fluent in English, but preferred to have bilingual/translation experience to support consumers and MRC personnel, such as in Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, etc.
  • It is also preferred if Eligibility Screeners are able to interpret/translate MRC’s deaf and hard of hearing consumers by managing records of Interpreting and Speech to Text Services and providing translation services to MRC Connect based upon requests.
  • As selected and specifically assigned, Eligibility Screeners may also act as an alternate supervisor as needed.
  • This is a virtual and remote position; teleworking may be required 90% of time and travel may be required 40% of the time for meeting offsite at various locations.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Meet with diverse consumers (via phone, video conferencing, or in-person at MRC office, or in-person at a non-MRC office location) who have a physical, emotional, mental, or otherwise disability, on a regular basis to conduct intake interviews, service need assessments and collect appropriate information for eligibility determinations.
  • Determine eligibility of potential MRC consumers within federal RSA guidelines, and other state and federal guidance related to vocational rehabilitation and community living programs (SHIP, Supported Living, HCAP, Chapter 688).
  • Develop and maintain relationships with public and private organizations. Collaborate across programs as needed for the timely delivery of eligibility decisions.
  • Operate, and use databases and technology tools specific to MRC Connect, which may include, but not limited to; MRCIS, Virtual Gateway, Ch 688 (transition database), other Community Living Program databases, office tools and tracking mechanisms. All information that is required to be documented is conducted with accuracy, completeness and in a timely manner.
  • Sign off authority for consumers’ case once there is a record of satisfactory compliance and the approval of the supervisor.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual ability to fluently speak in additional language(s), which includes but is not limited to; Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin/Cantonese or other.
  • Knowledge of and experience in diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial equity and effective engagement across differences.
  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook as well as technologies supporting a remote workplace (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams).
  • Counseling Knowledge: Knowledge of the principles & practices of assisting people in coping with physical and/or mental disabilities to meet their vocational, social, and independent living needs, including evaluation, monitoring, testing & training.
  • Verbal Comprehension & Written Comprehension: Ability to understand information and ideas presented verbally and in writing.
  • Customer Service: Ability to assess and effectively manage relationships in an uplifting manner; Ability to work well with diverse populations in diverse settings in a manner that builds trust and supports increased collaboration.
  • A Bachelors’ degree.

A preferred applicant must possess at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling (“CRC”)
  • Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor (“LRC”)
  • A Master’s Degree in a related field with course content that emphasizes rehabilitation, counseling, disability, therapy, health, employment, wellness, or human development, and one-year equivalent work experience in the field no later than three (3) years from the date of hire.

Special Note: MRC Connect will be a virtual team. This position will have a home office with possible travel to district offices as applicable. The regional assignment will be determined after selection.

About the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

MRC provides services that break down barriers and empower people with disabilities to live life on their own terms. Our programs focus on vocational rehabilitation, community living, and disability determination for federal benefit programs. We are change agents and community builders. And we put the people we serve at the heart of everything we do. We envision a Commonwealth that is open to all, where everyone can seize their true potential and contribute fully to our communities and the world. Together with stakeholders, partners, and allies, MRC collaborates, problem solves, and innovates to bring about a better Massachusetts for everyone—one that is truly equitable, accessible, and inclusive.

For more information about our agency and programs visit: www.mass.gov/mrc

Pre-Offer Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and click on "Information for Job Applicants."

As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

Education, licensure, and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option 2.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume for the Eligibility Screener requisition.


Qualifications

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Applicants must have (A) at least four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, case management or clinical/therapeutic experience (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Based on assignment, travel may be required. Incumbents who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license at a class level specific to assignment.

Substitutions:

I. A Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field may substitute for two (2) years of the required (A) experience.

Based on assignment as Qualified Intellectual Disabled Professionals, within the Department of Developmental Services, a Bachelor’s degree or higher in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, counseling education, education of the physically or emotionally handicapped, education of the multiple handicapped, education of the learning disabled, human services, rehabilitation, rehabilitation counseling, nursing, recreation therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, physical education or other a related field is required.

Based on assignment as a Mental Health Case Manager or Forensic Transition Team Coordinator, within the Department of Mental Health, a Bachelor’s degree or higher in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, counseling education, education of the physically or emotionally handicapped, education of the multiple handicapped, education of the learning disabled, human services, rehabilitation counseling, education or other a related field is required.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Official Title : Human Services Coordinator II
Primary Location : United States-Massachusetts-600 Washington Street
Job : Community and Social Services
Agency : Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Schedule : Full-time
Shift : Day
Job Posting : Sep 21, 2022, 12:04:50 PM
Number of Openings : 3
Salary : 63,831.04 - 87,081.54 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator : Robert Arnau, [email protected] - 8572758824
Bargaining Unit : 08-SEIU - Local 509 - Social/Rehabilitation
Confidential : No