Care Authorizer (PPM II)

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time
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$41.29 - $52.34 Hourly

Seattle, WA

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Multiple job types-career service and/or temp

DCHS - Community & Human Srvcs

Job Number

Behavioral Health and Recovery

4/1/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.

King County's Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community.


The Care Authorizer's responsibilities focus on Substance Use Disorder (SUD) residential authorizations and utilization management for the Behavioral Health Administrative Service Organization (BH-ASO). This position includes care coordination and utilization management. Authorization determinations are made in concert with the treatment provider via telephone, e-mail, and facsimile.

WHO MAY APPLY: These positions are open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. Interviews for this selection process will take place on or around April 17, 2023.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit an online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state, "see my resume" are considered incomplete and will not be considered to be competitive.

WORK SCHEDULE/CONDITIONS: We are recruiting for two positions, one (1) career service and one (1) Special Duty Assignment (SDA) or Term-Limited Temporary. The Special Duty Assignment (SDA) or Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) position is anticipated to end December 31, 2024, but subject to change dependent on operational need. Both positions are scheduled to work 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm, and both positions meet the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible with supervisory pre-approval. These positions are not represented by a union.

MISSION CRITICAL POSITION STATUS: These positions have been designated Mission Critical. Unless otherwise directed by the County Executive, department director or agency head, all employees, regardless of designation, are expected to report to work or request leave during an emergency or inclement weather. For more detailed information, please visit HR Policy County Operations During Emergency Situations and the King County Guidelines for Workforce Management in an Emergency .

TELEWORKING REQUIREMENT: The work associated with these positions will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required , including the wearing of masks in some situations . King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

RECRUITER: Greg Mallory,

Job Duties
  • Authorize SUD residential or withdrawal management benefits for persons with intensive needs, using King County established protocols.
  • Participate in the authorization of other behavioral health benefits for persons that require extended or intensive outpatient services or other community supports.
  • Participate in case management rounds with managed care organizations.
  • Provide clinical consultation and technical assistance to clients, providers and the community when needed.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary, intersystem care coordination teams as needed to develop cross-system intervention plans.
  • Participate in utilization management and quality management activities to assure that resources are used appropriately and efficiently.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • At least 3 years of experience providing clinical SUD services.
  • Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) as defined by Washington Administrative Code 246-811-010 and Revised Code of Washington 18.205.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with culturally diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of behavioral health recovery principles and practices.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, e-mail and the internet.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License and the ability to travel throughout the county in a timely manner.
  • Knowledge of and experience with clinical services provided through King County contracted behavioral health agencies.
  • Experience working with King County SUD providers.
  • Dually certified as SUDP and Qualified Mental Health Professional as defined by Washington Administrative Code 388-865-0150 and 0260 with current licensure as a social worker, therapist, psychiatric nurse and/or registered counselor.
  • At least 1 year of recent experience authorizing services in a behavioral health managed care plan.
  • Experience working with persons that have co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders.
  • Knowledge of and experience with application of managed care principles.
  • A graduate degree in social science, social work, psychology, or in a related health care profession (e.g., psychiatric nursing).
Supplemental Information

Forbes named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North" , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 12paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.
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