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Recruitment #21-005482-0006




Maryland Department of Health, Medical Care Programs, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

The Medicaid Behavioral Health Lead will be responsible for leading and managing components of Maryland’s Public Behavioral Health System (PBHS) as it relates to the Maryland Department of Health’s (MDH) Medicaid Program and Optum Maryland Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization (ASO). This position will oversee and manage activities such as reconciliation and recoupment, maximizing Federal Medical Assistance Percentage, meeting CMS and SAMHSA program standards, and informing other Medicaid rates and programs.  

As behavioral health is a critical and evolving need, this role will provide significant input on further updates and changes to the Public Behavioral Health System, the ASO, and behavioral health services within Maryland. This role will engage with both internal and external stakeholders on priority projects including behavioral health rate setting, ASO enhancements, PBHS improvements from the System of Care Workgroup, and other initiatives.



Qualified candidates must possess a Master's Degree from and accredited college or university in Business, Public Health or related field and at least 6 years of senior level experience in healthcare systems, including experience with Medicaid and rate settings and Maryland-specific behavioral health items.


Preferred candidates should possess the following:

  • Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects that combine IT, Compliance, and Finance;
  • Experience with finance and budget as it relates to real impacts of budget constraints/decisions;
  • Experience with contract management including evaluation of services provided/deliverables, fiscal oversight and reconciliation;
  • Experience with external stakeholder engagement and leadership skills;
  • Knowledge of Behavioral Health related topics and issues; 
  • Knowledge of the Maryland Medicaid Program;
  • Knowledge of Maryland’s public behavioral health system of care including core service agencies and community providers, substance use disorders, managed care and quality improvement;
  • Ability to articulate and execute a vision for both internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to manipulate large datasets for planning, analysis (qualitative and quantitative) and presentation; and,
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.  A resume must accompany your application.

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. 

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

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View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.