Hospital Discharge Specialist

Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare   Roanoke, VA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on June 27, 2024
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Hospital Discharge Specialist

Are you a creative problem solver who enjoys working in a fast-paced work environment that offers variety? BRBH has a great opportunity as a Hospital Discharge Specialist!

The Hospital Discharge Specialist coordinates the discharge planning for individuals hospitalized in state facilities. Activities include attending treatment planning meetings and making referrals to community-based placements and services. The Hospital Discharge Specialist also participates in activities to ascertain, document and address the preferences of individuals in the discharge planning process that will promote elements of recovery, self-determination, empowerment and community integration. This position offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about the array of mental health services offered in our community. This position requires frequent local travel.

A Day in the Life of a Hospital Discharge Specialist

The Hospital Discharge Specialist (HDS) regularly spends time at Catawba Hospital, meeting with individuals who are approaching readiness for discharge, collaborating with social workers and other members of the treatment team, and making and following up on referrals. The HDS must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build positive working relationships with various types of community providers. The HDS keeps scheduled hours at BRBH to complete documentation of contacts and efforts being organized to plan for the discharge of patients, submit requisitions for and track the payments from specialized funding sources, and meet with BRBH staff to coordinate how services will be provided following discharge. The HDS attends regular meetings regarding client funding and planning for clients ready to be discharged from the hospital, where the HDS reports on clinical status and funding. The HDS travels in the community to plan for discharge, which may include visiting facilities or transporting individuals into the community.

The schedule for this position is Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM (no weekends, evening, or on call responsibilities)! The position is eligible to work from home on a part time basis!

Pay Range: $40,679.83-$61,019.75/annually

Minimum Requirements:
  • Education : High School Diploma or GED Required. Associate's or Bachelor's degree in a human services field a plus!
  • Experience : At least one year of experience working with the provision of services to individuals with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and related disabilities.
  • Background Check : Candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug screen.
  • Licenses/Certifications : Qualified Mental Health Professional-Adult (QMHP-A) preferred.
  • Safe Driving Record : Safe driving record required (no more than two moving violations in the last three years and no criminal violations in the last five years).
Why work at BRBH?
  • Working with clients: In this job each day you assist people in transitioning back to life in our community.
  • Great co-workers: Our staff work hard and support each other in a team atmosphere.
  • Day schedule: The schedule is Monday - Friday, day shift.
  • Work/Life Balance: We have a great Paid Time Off policy - 21 days annually, which starts accruing on your first day, plus 8 paid holidays!
  • We offer great benefits, including VRS (Virginia Retirement System)! Click here for more information:
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Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare (BRBH) is one of forty Community Services Boards established under the Code of Virginia to provide comprehensive services for individuals who have mental health disorders, developmental disability, or substance use disorders. BRBH provides multiple programs and services throughout the Roanoke Valley with over 400 employees working to provide quality care to our clients. We are proud to have served our community for over 50 years. BRBH maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. This position is located in Roanoke, VA.