Case Management/Social Services, Medical & Health, Program Management
Job Scope: Goal of the SOAR Benefits Specialist is to increase access to income and benefits to persons transitioning out of nursing facilities through the Colbert/Williams transition program. The SOAR Program, short for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will assist individuals that have serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder apply for Social Security disability benefits and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits. Assist in applying, obtaining medical documentation, and coordinating with Social Security staff.
Complete Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) training within 40 days of hire and maintain knowledge of best practices.
Conduct basic evaluation of client's eligibility for Entitlements.
Maintain a caseload of 7 – 10 clients.
Facilitate the transfer of benefits and entitlements within 5 days of transition into the community.
Assist with application process for Medicaid, Medicare, SSI/SSDI, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Link cards and other available entitlements through the on-line benefits check-list process when appropriate.
Take clients to external locations such as Public Aid office to apply for benefits.
Assist clients with Medicaid Spenddown Requirements and facilitate completion of all necessary paperwork and supporting activities to establish the spenddown deductible prior to the Class Member moving from the NF/SMHRF/IMD.
Track and monitor progress of applications to ensure clients are approved and receive benefits.
In the event the number of cases drops below the threshold of 7-10 cases and there are not existing individuals in need of SOAR services, the Specialist will be used to perform other functions/duties (non-Medicaid billable) related to transitioning individuals from SMHRF/NF (including but not limited to providing assistance with Housing Search, purchasing household items, and assisting with actual transition and apartment set up).
Remain compliant with internal reporting requirements as set by Kenneth Young Center and State Funder.
Participate in a Statewide learning collaborative to share ideas and successful strategies with other SOAR providers.
Ability to work independently on special projects
Demonstrated knowledge of public benefits including, but not limited to SSI, SSDI
Ability to complete applications and gather and coordinate medical documents
Working knowledge of Rule 132
Ability to work cooperatively a member of a multidisciplinary team
Has ability to effectively engage clients in care
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in the community: within Nursing Facilities, client residences, or public benefits offices
Roughly half of the employee’s time will be spent in an office space: employee has accessibility to all KYC locations, based on office vacancy.
While in transit, the employee may experience changing road and whether conditions
In supporting clients to live independently, employee may be exposed to varying home conditions
While performing the duties of this position, the employee travels by automobile and is exposed to changing weather conditions.
While conducting external KYC business or traveling between sites, the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles as well as changing weather and road conditions.
Will be required to drive daily for meetings and/or visits to residential facilities. Will work in varied residential environments based on assigned caseload.
Full Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt, 37.5 hour work week
Must work a flexible schedule in response to the needs of the target population served, including rotating direct on-call responsibilities, which includes evening, weekend, and holiday hours.
Education & Experience
BA/BS in Social Work or closely related discipline from an accredited institution of higher learning
Minimum 21 years of age
Valid Illinois driver’s license, auto insurance, and access to reliable vehicle
Computer proficiency, including knowledge of Word, Excel and internet skills
Preferred experience working with adults with serious mental illness and/or adults with other complex physical health and mobility needs
Preferred 1 year of experience working with adults with serious mental illness and/or other disabilities
Employee must successfully complete SAMHSA’s online SOAR training within 45 days of being hired
Kenneth Young Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer
About Kenneth Young Center
Kenneth Young Center is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, comprehensive provider of mental health and senior citizens' support services. Our mission is to help people "feel good, do better and find solutions" by providing: Counseling for adults, children, families. Assessment, stabilization, linkage for adults/children in psychiatric crisis. Treatment, support, and recovery services for those with serious mental illness. Service coordination and in-home services for frail elderly persons. Volunteer opportunities. We are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, a nationally respected body with stringent standards of excellence in care. Kenneth Young Center offers a broad range of exciting employment and internship opportunities. All of our positions contribute directly to our mission of providing mental health and senior services to help people feel good, do better and find solutions. Our employees enjoy: Competitive pay, exceptional benefits and generous paid time off A friendly and supportive work environment Specialized rewards and recognition programs Training and skill development opportunities Challenging and diverse work assignments Personal development and career experience