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United Health Group
Columbia Maryland

The Peer Support Specialists support the work of contract for Optum and the Health Plan at the direction of the Clinical Program Manager. He/She is specifically charged with supporting consumers and families on a daily basis, communicating with families and consumers to support their engagement, recruiting family members and consumers to serve on committees and task forces, and maintaining excellent relationships with all consumer- and family-run services and programs.


Use his/her own Recovery experience and training to assist families and consumers with defining their Recovery goals, and developing the skills and knowledge needed for the consumer’s recovery
Support the creation and assist with the implementation of a comprehensive Training and Education program with peers, families, Providers and staff
Establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with existing Consumer and Family organizations, so members of those organizations become actively involved with Optum/Health Plan activities
Communicate Plan information to consumers and Consumer-operated organizations and with families and family organizations. In addition to communicating, a wide array of other topics including Clinical policies, analysis of data and Program evaluation
Identify and outreach to community and leaders of ethnic minority groups to identify and develop programs that are both culturally competent and also use recovery and resiliency
As directed, serve as a designated member of Internal subcommittees
Participate in Optum and Health Plan Quality Review processes
Enable us to communicate effectively with consumers and their families about all aspects of the Mental Healthcare Delivery system as well as their rights and responsibilities
As requested, provide support to consumer or family members in making needed appointments
Work with the Clinical Program Managers and the Clinical team to implement intensive, enhanced care coordination when requested, which may include peer support as well as other community-based services designed to stabilize the consumer’s condition, including working with the consumer in the development of a WRAP plan and a Crisis plan
Be available to provide direct support to consumers being discharged from 24-hour care or to refer them to a support group
Assist and support consumers and family members with Grievance processes
Collaborate with Care Managers, Providers, and Community agencies and organizations to facilitate access to and transition between services
Collaborate with Care Managers, providers, and community agencies and organizations to identify consumers who may benefit from peer support.
Respond to concerns and questions from consumers and families
Participate in Treatment planning with consumers and families who request that support
Work with community agencies along with and/or on behalf of consumers and families
Provide feedback about Treatment planning development based on their interactions with other consumers and families
Advocate on behalf of the consumers and families
Provide peer support to consumers and family members at critical points in their treatment process
Serve as liaison between Optum, the Health Plan and those who use services
Recruit and support consumers, parents and family members to participate in all phases of the operation of Optum and the Health Plan, from the Governing Body and Mental Health Advisory Board to Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (QA/PI) Committees and all other critical initiative


High school diploma or GED with lived experience
1 year of working knowledge of community resources
1 year of experience with the Medicaid population
1 year of experience demonstrated understanding of the principles of recovery and resiliency
Intermediate level of proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Possess active/current Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (Peer Support Specialist) certification Maryland Addiction & Behavioral-Health Professionals Certification Board (MABPCB)
Candidates should be a state residence within the designated state and city for consideration.
75% travel within 60 miles of territory assigned
Reliable transportation, with a current and non-restricted Driver’s License and State-required insurance
Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential requirement of this role. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination prior to employment to ensure compliance.