DHHS Program Specialist

$21.77 hourly
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • May 04, 2022
Full time Other Behavioral Health Positions

Job Description

The State of Nebraska, Department of Health and Human Services is seeking a Program Specialist for the Division of Behavioral Health. The DHHS Program Specialist manages the day-to-day operational and technical functions of a health and human services program(s) performing program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of program activities.

Under limited supervision, a DHHS Program Specialist, plans and coordinates the development, administration and evaluation of a statewide health and human services program(s); serves as a resource and consultant to provide technical assistance/advice to agency staff, clients and service providers; researches and develops program policy and performs quality assurance analysis and evaluation of assigned program(s); performs related work as assigned. The primary duty of the position is to oversee and manage the state Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) contract and ensures procedural and operational compliance, performance measures, and deliverables are achieved. PASRR is a federal requirement to help ensure that individuals are not inappropriately placed in nursing homes for long term care and can affect Medicaid support for an individual's care. This position also conducts outreach with longer-term care providers, including nursing and assisted living facilities to coordinate services for persons with mental health issues in these families.

What we can offer you:

• Stable Employment Opportunity

• Career Development and Learning

• Tuition Reimbursement

• 156% match of first 4.8% contribution to Retirement Plan

• 13 Paid Holidays

• Generous Leave Accruals and Benefits

• Opportunity to be part of a caring organization

• Flexible Schedules

DHHS State of Nebraska values our employees as well as a supportive environment that strives to promote Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. We recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job qualifications and at all levels without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or genetics.

For more information about the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Division of Behavioral Health, please visit our website, http://dhhs.ne.gov

As a DHHS Program Specialist in this position, your job duties are as follows:
• PASRR contract management, including monitoring and evaluation of program activities to ensure meeting federal and state regulations
• Outreach with longer-term care providers, including nursing and assisted living facilities to coordinate services for persons with mental health issues in these facilities
• Management of other assigned contracts including monitoring, payment approval and auditing of services purchased
• Outreach and coordination with behavioral health service providers including emergency system coordinators
• Spearhead stakeholder education as assigned
• Support Lincoln Regional Center Transition Management Activities as assigned
• Mental Health Board annual training review; manual updates, and board member certification process tracking
• Participate in the preparation and administration of Behavioral Health state and regional emergency services strategic planning and budget recommendations
• Monitor emergency system utilization and expenditures as assigned
• Monitor emergency system performance indicators and outcomes.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

Knowledge of: the principles and practices of public administration; procedure and policy development; methods and techniques of program planning; federal and state laws, rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to health and human services programs; public funds and budgeting methods; the principles and techniques of adult learning; quality assurance mechanisms; principles and techniques of planning, monitoring and evaluating human services programs and service delivery systems.
Skill in: interpreting and/or clarifying policy to interested groups; conducting formal presentations to provide education and share information.
Ability to: plan, organize and direct a major program; work collaboratively in a team setting; analyze, develop and organize materials; establish and maintain positive relationships with agency staff, service providers/contractors, community organizations and clients; communicate electronically, on paper or in person to promote, explain, discuss, advise and interact with interested groups on various program issues and problems; prepare and review technical documents such as summaries of state and federal regulations, action plans, reports, contracts and grants; understand, interpret and apply instructions, laws, rules, policies and procedures pertinent to the program; exercise independent critical thinking skills; maintain liaison with community representatives and other governmental agencies.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree, or equivalent coursework/training, in public administration, social/behavioral sciences, healthcare, human services or other program related field. Professional experience working in a human/social service or health care agency with responsibility for planning or evaluation services, programs or operational policies and practices may substitute in lieu of the educational requirement.

Preferred Requirements: Knowledge of behavioral health services in Nebraska. Knowledge of disaster management and recovery principles and practices. Methods and techniques of disseminating information and soliciting public support. Basic procedures, methods and techniques of budget preparation and control. Experience in contract management or monitoring vendor performance. Training or employment in behavioral health setting essential.

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