The Samuel S. Stratton VA Medical Center is a level-1c, complex tertiary medical center located in Albany, NY; serving veterans from Upstate New York to the Canadian border, including Western Massachusetts and Vermont. The Social Worker functions as Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder (SCI&D) Program Coordinator and provides a full-range of care for eligible Veterans who have sustained injury of the spinal cord or have a general stable neurologic impairment of the spinal cord. The incumbent is the SCI&D Coordinator who manages the daily operation of the program, develops policies and procedures for the program operation and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN and national use. The incumbent manages and controls the use of data related to the program regarding day-to-day functioning and program evaluation. The incumbent ensures the program is in compliance with VHA directives and care is rendered pursuant to the guidance of Clinical Practice Guidelines The Social Worker is a practitioner providing direct patient care services in the program area(s). He/she is capable of practicing at the advanced level and has specialized knowledge of practice typically related to the population served within the SCI population. The incumbent should have at least 1 year at the GS 11 grade level and licensed or hold certification in a state at the advanced practice level. In conjunction with the Social Work Supervisor and Service Chief, the incumbent plans, organizes and directs administrative, operational, patient and personnel activities for the service. Interviews Veteran and their family members/significant others to establish facts about their presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems as it relates to their functioning and health as part of a comprehensive psychosocial assessment. Reviews all data, subjective and objective, and makes a clinical assessment, identifying needs and strengths. Effectively uses professional skill, objectivity, and insight. Uses advanced clinical training, insight, and experience to interpret data and to identify viable treatment options. The social worker assesses high risk factors, acuity and need for services as outlined above. The social worker performs specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. The SCI&D social worker incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges. The social worker is able to provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with whom may have the following: Polytrauma injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairments, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, and other serious neurological disorders, and psychosocial problems in living. Promotes communication and interactions among medical, nursing, and social work team members, patients and their families and caregivers to facilitate the treatment process. The Program Coordinator serves as the Point of Contact (POC) for the SCI&D Program and provides administrative oversight of the program to include planning, establishing, and implementing policies and procedures, developing program goals and objectives, and monitoring, operating, and evaluating the functioning of the program. Oversees the daily operation of the program, develop policies and procedures for program operation, and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They are responsible for, or contribute to the program's budget, developing and monitoring staff compliance with practice, standards and guidelines on documentation, workload, data entry, ethical practice, and service delivery. Other duties may be assigned. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599663300
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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.