Candidates who identify with one or more of the following are STRONGLY encouraged to apply:
• Lived experience with addiction and/or mental health challenges and in recovery for at least one year.
• BIPOC identified individuals.
• LGBTQIA+ identified individuals.
The Office of Behavioral Health Advocacy (OBHA) is an independent body protecting the interests of Washingtonians engaged in behavioral health services and their loved ones by providing consulting, resources, advocacy, and mediation for complaints against behavioral health services by individual providers and facilities. As such, the OBHA directly upholds the rights of individuals who are experiencing challenges in the public and private behavioral health systems in one of the ten regions established across Washington State. The responsibility of the Behavioral Health Advocate is to represent the constituents of their assigned BHASO district and provide them with the full breadth of behavioral health advocacy services.
• Identify, investigate, and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, service recipients or their loved ones receiving behavioral health services by providers or facilities.
• Assist and advocate on behalf of service recipients or their loved ones or behavioral health providers or facilities before government agencies seeking administrative, legal, or other remedies on their behalf, if appropriate
• Inform service recipients or their loved ones and their representatives about applicable patient rights and information.
• Recruit, train, supervise and mentor an Advocacy Coordinator (if applicable) and volunteers.
• Identify annual goals and ensure direct reports can meet those goals.
• Support and/or advocate for service recipients or their loved ones in resolving grievances up to and including appeals and fair hearings.
• Build and maintain working relationships with area behavioral health service providers.
• Provide referrals to other government offices when issues presented do not fall under the jurisdiction of the OBHA.
• Build relationships with staff, members, and community stakeholders to provide services that best serve the needs of those seeking OBHA services.
• Facilitate monthly Regional Behavioral Health Forums.
• Report quarterly to the OBHA Advisory Council for the region assigned on service area recommendations.
• Informing and educating individuals, family members, stakeholders, and area service providers on the services that OBHA provides and the rights of individuals receiving behavioral health services.
• Respond to all phone calls and emails within one business day.
• Daily documentation for all encounters
• Must be available to address extreme issues that occur outside of normal business hours.
• Work with your direct reports and other staff in the planning and logistics for all OBHA specific events.
• Maintain clear communication with staff and volunteers. This includes keeping the Program Director for your region and/or the OBHA Director updated on weekly schedules and copied on all important communication.
• Must identify as a peer: someone with lived experience and in recovery for a period of at least one year.
• High School Diploma / GED
• Valid Washington driver’s license
• Two years of experience in behavioral health advocacy or mediation or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.
• Have a working knowledge of federal and state contract requirements, department functions, policies, practices, and methods to effectively perform duties as assigned.
• Recent or current management experience: supervision, volunteer management, project management, reporting, budgets, conflict resolution, scheduling, etc.
• Must have great organizational, documenting, communication, and program development skills.
• Must be trained and certified as a peer recovery coach through a Peer Washington led training within 6 months of hire.
• Demonstrated proficiency with computer software: Microsoft Office Products, database/CRM systems such as EmpwerDB and Smartsheet
• Ability to work both independently and under supervision.
• Ability to maintain healthy boundaries with peers.
• Excellent time management
• Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to start date.
• Ability to research and gather information from the internet.
• The ability to work a regular schedule.
• Must live/work within 50 miles of the Greater Columbia Region, Benton County
• Conflict resolution experience
• Experience with documentation via database
This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities. In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the Behavioral Health Advocate will be responsible for any additional tasks that are assigned by the regional Program Director or OBHA Director.
• Starting Wage: $62,923 - $68,253 DOE
• Bi-Annual Bonus Potential
• Paid Vacation Time – 3 weeks per year (120 hours), accrued at 4.615hrs per biweekly pay period, 120-hour maximum annual carryover.
• Paid Sick Time 3 weeks per year (120 hours), accrued at 4.615hrs per biweekly pay period, 120-hour maximum annual carryover.
• Two Personal Days per calendar year, if hired before 8/31/2023, one if hired after. Three personal days per calendar year thereafter.
• 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
• Medical/Dental/Vision Benefits for Employee paid at 100%, Dependents 0%
• $100,000 Life and AD&D, Long Term Disability through Hartford, provided at no cost.
• WA State Short Term Disability and Workers Compensation premiums paid by the employer.
• Employee Assistance Program
• Employer-Sponsored IRA with up to 3% employer match.
• Business cell phone and service will be provided.
• Corporate Credit Card.
• Monthly parking pass or travel stipend.