The incumbent is assigned to the Mental Health Integrated Clinical Community. The incumbent is responsible for providing psychotherapy and mental health treatment coordination services to Veterans and their families assigned to the incumbent's caseload. The incumbent provides individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy/counseling services to Veterans for issues related to mental health and behavioral issues, substance use disorders, and other complex and diverse psychosocial problems. Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: Conduct behavioral health and mental health biopsychosocial assessments Make Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) diagnoses Create comprehensive, recovery-focused behavioral health and mental health treatment plans Complete suicide/homicide risk assessments and safety plans Provide clinically efficacious, evidence-based therapeutic services to include individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy/counseling services Provide Tele health therapy and case management interventions. Interview Veterans and their families to develop/complete psychosocial assessments utilizing knowledge of human development and behavior and the differential influences of the environment, society, and culture Establish and maintain therapeutic alliances with Veterans and their families Analyze complex psychological problems Ability to understand mental health and medical diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology Coordinate with internal and external and ancillary mental health professionals to ensure appropriate transitions of care and that appropriate and necessary treatment is provided/offered to Veterans Develop and provide psychoeducational groups Learn to utilize assessment and documentation processes for integrated models of care, including determining the appropriate level of care for Veterans not in specialty mental health treatment. Educate and train other professionals and students in effective treatment modalities Make sound professional judgments regarding clinical impressions, treatment approaches, and treatment planning Establish/maintain expertise on VA services and benefits, and community resources Establish/maintain effective relationships with various Veteran agencies and coordinate care with appropriate community services Complete 24 hour Assessment Calls as assigned Provide comprehensive Mental Health Treatment Coordination services within a team of interdisciplinary providers: Coordinate and facilitate the Veteran's overall treatment, view the Veteran comprehensively and provide continuity among various services by linking VA and community resources into a continuum of care, incorporate both inpatient and outpatient care Recovery Model of Care will provide the framework for a collaborative relationship between the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator and the Veteran: Recovery-based goals enhance accessibility, accountability, and efficiency of services-guiding principles of the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator/Veteran relationship are self-direction and patient responsibility, the facilitation of strength, independence, and hope, and the empowerment of the Veteran in his/her personal health Provide advocacy to overcome potential barriers to access care/services and when it is in the best interests of the Veteran. Educate and empower the Veteran/family to advocate on his/her own behalf Identify service gaps and collaborate with others in the MH ICC to encourage development or modification of services to meet the needs of Veterans Provide health care education and/or referral to qualified health care educators to Veterans and their families Provide education and assist in the completion of Advance Directives and release of information forms; and Guardianship documentation as requested Maintain accurate, timely, and complete clinical records in accordance with professional practice and VA administration guidelines Possess and demonstrate ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with people from varied backgrounds. Attend and participate in all required clinical and administrative meetings Participate in Social Work Professional Practice Evaluation processes Collaborate in performance improvement processes and comply with performance measures as required by the VA for specific population/program Conduct practice in accordance with the NASW Social Work Code of Ethics and VA Ethical Standards Ability to provide orientation or mentoring to new social workers and social work graduate students May be detailed to other areas of need in the MH ICC to meet the needs of the health care system, and will be determined by the direct supervisor, the Social Work Executive, and the MH ICC Director, which typically will not exceed 25% of the total hours per week Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 0730-1600 or 0800-1630. Evening and Weekends maybe required. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): 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.