Discharge Planner (LSW or MHRT-c)

  • Sanford, ME
  • Maine Behavioral Healthcare
  • Full Time - Day Shift
  • Behavioral Health
  • Req #: 139747
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Position Summary
The Discharge Planner has the responsibility to carry out a full range of aftercare and discharge planning service under the guidance and direction of the Inpatient Unit Team. The role of the Discharge Planners is to maintain comprehensive knowledge based of agencies, organizations, and resources within the referral community. The specific discharge planning needs of each patient shall be identified by collaboration with the unit treatment team and may include patient interviews, record reviews, and participation in network and discharge planning meetings. The Adult Discharge Planner has the responsibility of assisting the assigned social worker with securing housing, assisting in completion of Maine Care applications, case management or other community supports for those patients who require special assistance or have significant discharge planning needs, which may extend their hospitalization. The Discharge Planner will assist the assigned social worker in completing of required residential placement applications (PNMI) and case management or other community supports for those patients who require special assistance or have significant discharge planning needs, which may extend their hospitalization. The Discharge planner shall also provide reciprocal relations with county providers by serving as a liaison from the hospital and by making regular visits to various community programs when applicable. They shall also be expected to provide support to units when the social worker is unable to be there.

The Discharge Planner will support the hospital’s Performance Improvement Plan by actively participating in multidisciplinary performance improvement teams. This individual will contribute to the ongoing continuing education programs and effectively communicate with all customers, both internal and external. Actively participate in Gemba presentations, development of team key performance indicators, data collection and problem-solving to improve quality and outcomes.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
1. Education: Preferred Bachelor’s degree in related field.
2. License/Certifications: LSW license or MHRT-c preferred; open to LSW-cc and Provisional MHRT/C candidates as well.
3. Experience: 5+ years of relevant experience may be considered in substitution. Experience in healthcare required. Psychiatric setting, preferred.

We offer benefits that support an individual's needs for today and flexibility to plan for tomorrow. Our package includes health and dental insurances, paid parental leave, retirement program, generous paid time off, and much more! Our comprehensive array of benefits are competitive, affordable, and include choices that meet specific, but ever changing, needs.

MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of eight local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and over 19,000 employees. It is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire.

With a career at any of the MaineHealth locations, you’ll be working with healthcare professionals that truly value the people around them – both within the walls of the organization and the neighborhoods that surround it. We are deeply invested in the wellbeing of our communities and employees. We believe in fostering a work environment of strong commitment, compassionate caring and continuous improvement. Our care – and the science behind that care – is top rate. Join us and your abilities will be challenged and enhanced as you take your career to another level.


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