The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental
Disabilities (DBHDD) is the state agency that focuses solely on
policies, programs, and services for people with mental health
challenges, substance use disorders, intellectual and developmental
disabilities, or any combination of these. As Georgia's public
safety net, DBHDD operates six field offices and five hospitals
throughout the state within three program areas: behavioral health,
developmental disabilities and hospital services.
The main office for DBHDD is located in downtown Atlanta.
Job Title: Medicaid Eligibility Specialist
Pay Grade: H
The Medicaid Eligibility Specialist (MES) position is part of
DBHDD's SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Program.
SOAR is a federal program designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI
for eligible adults and children who are experiencing or at risk of
homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment,
and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.
The MES will focus on helping people with behavioral health
disorders attain healthier and more productive lives by making
successful application for Social Security Administration benefits
as a stepping stone. This position will be dedicated to working
with individuals referred to and participating in the Georgia
Housing Voucher Program which provides permanent supportive housing
to adults experiencing homelessness who have severe and persistent
mental illness. Access to benefits is a major factor in whether a
household can find affordable housing and whether they can maintain
housing stability once housed.
The position will coordinate with community provider agencies
working with GHVP applicants and enrollees, as well as the office
that oversees GHVP, the Office of Supportive Housing. The position
is responsible for initial outreach to the providers in the
community, DBHDD Hospitals, ongoing outreach services, and
completion of the application process, and/or technical assistance
as needed to ensure completion of the application. This position
reports to the Budget Compliance & Medicaid Manager.
Note: This position is community based and will require moderate
to extensive local travel.
Essential Responsibilities include:
- Completion of the SSI/SSDI application according to established
policies and procedures of the project.
- Hand deliver/electronic transfer of all needed application
forms and information.
- Collection of existing medical evidence, including visiting
- Coordination and communication with social workers and case
- Linkage and coordination with SSA, referral to and linkage with
other needed services, e.g., housing, health care (physical and
mental), other supportive services as needed.
- Coordination with representative payee service.
- Ongoing follow-up as needed to ensure individuals are not lost
- Utilizing substantial independent judgment in prioritizing and
- Organizing and recording data consistent with project goals and
- Participate in trainings related to SOAR.
- Facilitate training classes as needed or requested.
- Provide technical assistance to community providers, hospital
and regional offices.
- Assists qualified mentally and physically disabled homeless
individuals to access SSI, SSDI, and mental benefits.
- Responsible for maintaining timely and thorough charting/record
keeping on each client and assisting in monitoring performance and
- Complete or assist in completing monthly reports when
- Utilize interview and engagement skills in order to complete
multiple assessments and collect evidence to substantiate the
- Compile all the medical records, assessments and observations
into a medical report that summarizes how their disability impacts
their life, their activities of daily living and their ability to
- Collaborate with the disability adjudicators to help advocate
for the client's approval.
- Attend relevant community meetings to represent the
- Other duties as assigned.
- Preference will be given to candidates, who in addition to
meeting the qualifications listed above possess the following:
- Completion of the National 4-day SOAR "Train the Trainer"
training conducted by the authors of the SOAR curriculum and Policy
- Experience in completing SSI/SSDI applications using SOAR
strategies for homeless individuals with mental illness.
- Demonstrate two (2) years experience and knowledge in working
with homeless persons and veterans with mental illness in accessing
mainstream resources including Social Security Disability
- Basic computer skills and able to access and use web-based
technology, including the online SSA application
- Experience in collecting data to track performance
In addition to a competitive salary & benefits, GA Department of
Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is part of a
statewide initiative called Total Rewards that seeks to attract and
retain employees by supplementing their base pay and benefits with
programs designed to improve the quality of their work environment
and lead to greater job satisfaction and work/life balance.
Eligible employees are offered generous benefits, including health
and dental insurance; retirement and savings plan options; and paid
holidays, vacation and sick leave. For more information, visit
To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees, individuals
and communities we serve, certain positions within DBHDD may
require evaluations, vaccinations, professional licensure and
certifications. Licenses must be current and enable providers to
practice within the State of Georgia.
The following are a listing of evaluations and vaccinations that
may be required for employees, including those not involved with
- Drug Screening
- TB Evaluation
- Annual Influenza*
- Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical
contraindications or religious beliefs that object to
DBHDD is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of DBHDD to provide equal employment
opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national
origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race,
religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity
and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with
regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other
characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to
provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All
qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily
receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the
hiring agency for next steps in the selection process.
This position is subject to close at any time once a
satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.
FOR THIS TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT, STATE LAW REQUIRES A NATIONAL AND
STATE BACKGROUND CHECK AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT.
Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college
or university OR Associate's degree from an accredited college or
university AND One year of related experience OR High school
diploma or GED AND Three years of related experience OR Two years
of experience at the lower level Economic Support Cons 1 (SSP050)
or position equivalent.