To provide Behavioral Health services to the Veterans enrolled in the El Paso Texas VA Health Care System. This includes high quality case management, clinical treatment, advocacy, and coordination of care to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies as needed by the patient. This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary treatment teams as appropriate. This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date is 8/30/2021. Additional applications will be referred as needed. Screening/Assessment- Develops an assessment of the veteran, through a bio-psychosocial that includes a diagnosis. Works in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the veteran, family members and significant others. The goal of the assessment is to highlight the veteran's strengths, limitations, and internal/ external supports and service needs in order to optimize the veteran's functional status. Demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all adult patients including geriatric patients related to their physical limitations, psychological needs and age associated illnesses and conditions. Has an understanding of the problems of advancing age and respect for the diversification of the aging veteran population, being sensitive to human growth and development, age-appropriate needs and concerns of the geriatric veteran, and be able to provide current and advanced techniques to the treatment of this veteran population. It is the responsibility of the social worker, working within the interdisciplinary treatment team to develop a treatment plan with the veteran based on this assessment. The initial assessment will be completed by the time of the veteran's third visit for Behavioral Health Services. A reassessment is required annually or more frequently if there is a change in the patient's life plan. Treatment Planning/Goal Setting_- Responsible for developing the treatment plan and setting achievable treatment goals with the veteran/family from the bio-psychosocial. The treatment plan will be completed by the patient's third visit for mental health services. The plan will be updated every six months or more frequently if there is a change in the patient's condition or needs. Treatment- Able to provide individual, family and group psychotherapy. Able to provide independent case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans. Referral to service providers - Throughout the course of treatment the social worker is the subject matter expert on VA and/or community resources. Collaborates with other service providers in reassessing the veteran's needs. Responsible for educating the veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. Resource Usage/Development - Responsible for using the current social work resource file of VA and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of veterans. Refers the veteran to needed services. Advocacy- Understands the intimidation of bureaucracy and will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the veteran/family. When appropriate and feasible, social worker will educate and encourage the veteran/family to advocate on their own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. Crisis Intervention - Social worker is experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs. Social worker has access to multiple resource directories in addition to previously developed resources to meet the demands of a crisis. In the event of a medical or psychiatric emergency, staff will follow the protocol of the VA Medical Center. Education/Health promotion and prevention - Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will and will refer veterans/families to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs. Coordination of non-institutional and institutional services - Reviews the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of each veteran being referred for mental health services. Educates the veteran, their families and the team of all the options available to them and will collaborate with the veteran and family on the preferred option. Supportive & Empirically Based Counseling I Therapy - Provide the veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling. The purpose of such counseling is to deal with the psychosocial impact of coping with mental health health and chronic/disabling illness. Additionally, the Social Worker may be required to attend VHA training on the provision of Evidenced-based psychotherapies to provider services. Once trained the incumbent would be expected to provide such treatments on an on-going basis. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure 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.