This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Senior Social Worker serves as a member of the Mental Health Intensive Case Management team and is stationed at the Veterans Recovery Center. MHICM is an outpatient community-based case management program that services Veterans with a primary diagnosis of a serious mental illness (SMI) and includes severe social and functional impairments. The patient caseload is complex based on the severity of the mental illness, co morbidities, and history of frequent psychiatric hospitalizations. Treatment interventions are innovative, highly individualized, and focus on rehabilitation. Senior Social Worker reports to the MHICM Program Coordinator within Behavioral Health Service. Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: Provides clinical services including direct care to Veterans enrolled in the MHICM Program. S/he reviews all data, subjective and objective, and makes a clinical assessment, identifying needs and strengths. Effectively uses professional skill, objectivity and insight. Uses clinical training, insight, and experience to interpret data and to identify viable treatment options. Assesses high-risk factors, acuity and need for services. Based on a comprehensive assessment, the Senior Social Worker uses professional judgment and advanced practical skills to make a clinical diagnosis and prognosis. Must have a high level of skill and expertise to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans in the MHICM Program and their families. The Senior Social Worker is able to independently work with Veterans and their families who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, and psychosocial-problems. Completes thorough psychosocial assessments to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their families. The incumbent must be able to utilize this assessment in facilitating the Veteran's maximum use of treatment for attainment of the highest level of independence that is possible and practicable. Fully accountable for practice, including entering Veteran visits, measuring outcomes to interventions, and meeting productivity standards. Ensures timely completion of assessments, treatment plans, discharge plans, and safety plans. Participates fully in peer review, assessing the quality of professional social work practice standards provided in the organization. Responsible for identification of patient problems requiring consultation with other multi-disciplinary medical center staff and making appropriate referrals. Fully accountable for practice, including entering Veteran visits, measuring outcomes to interventions, and meeting productivity standards. Ensures timely completion of assessments, treatment plans, discharge plans, and safety plans. Participates fully in peer review, assessing the quality of professional social work practice standards provided in the organization. Participates in research as appropriate through case finding and referral of Veterans to clinical investigators engaged in research or through participating in research studies. Applies new approaches to Veteran care through integration of approved investigative and research methods, basing interventions on evidence-based effectiveness. May engage in Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research in compliance with VHA Directives and Handbooks, VASNHS Medical Center Memorandums, BHS Policies and Procedures, and the incumbent's Scope of Practice for conducting such research. Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Discloser Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.