The City of New Braunfels is implementing a Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) program, and applications are currently being accepted for the Mobile Integrated Health Specialist position.
The MIH program was developed by the New Braunfels Fire Department in partnership with the McKenna Foundation. Mobile Integrated Healthcare delivers community-based care by sending an MIH Specialist to visit with frequent users of 911, known as ‘super-users,’ to better understand their healthcare situation. There are a variety of residents who might be frequent users of 911 services, including senior citizens, disabled residents, those with substance abuse problems, or those with behavioral health issues. Frequent use of 911 often means those residents are having issues with their healthcare plan or are unable to manage those systems on their own.
“The creation of a Mobile Integrated Healthcare program in New Braunfels is an important next step in providing needed services to our residents,” said New Braunfels Fire Chief Ruy Lozano. “Once implemented, the program will partner with community agencies like the SOS Food Bank, Volunteers in Medicine, Well-Med, and others to provide customized support tailored to the needs of those 911 ‘super-users,’ providing them long-term support and resources.”
Operating expenses for this program are coming from funds made available to cities following a class action lawsuit and a grant from the McKenna Foundation. In addition to contributing to the first-year operating expenses, the McKenna Foundation funding will also cover capital costs, including an MIH Specialist vehicle for house calls, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and various computer and technology costs.
The Mobile Integrated Health Specialist position is currently posted, and applications are now being accepted. This full-time position has a salary range of $29.24/hour to $40.93/hour, based on education and experience. Minimum qualifications include:
- High school diploma or GED certificate and three to five years of related experience
- Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) EMT-Paramedic or Licensed Paramedic preferred. Former Paramedic, Texas Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or Licensed Vocational Nurse; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
To see the job posting, including primary job duties and responsibilities, or to begin filling out an application, log on to www.newbraunfels.gov/mih.