This position is for a clinical social worker in Primary Care Mental Health Integration. The primary responsibilities of this position are to provide integrated mental health services in the Primary Care setting. The services will be based on a blended model which includes co-located collaborative care and care management. These services will address issues related to mental illness, substance use and health management. This position is located in the Mental Health Service and reports to the Chief, Integrated Care. While this is a primarily outpatient position, assignments in any setting (e.g. hospital, community) are a possibility based on the clinical needs of the Mental Health Service. Providing clinical services in a virtual modality is expected. Virtual modality includes video telehealth, patient/provider secure messaging, telephone visits, review of electronically forwarded medical records. Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. Conduct psychosocial assessments including assessing functioning and needs of Veterans to formulate and implement a recovery-oriented treatment plan, identifying the Veteran's problems, strengths, challenges, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the Veteran, family and interdisciplinary treatment team. Provides psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. Utilizes knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture. Utilizes independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving and evidence-based crisis intervention techniques. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and DSM-5 mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects, and medical and mental health terminology. Provide psychoeducation to Veterans and their family members regarding diagnoses, symptom management and recovery from illness. Provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on mental health care and compliance with treatment. Provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. The Incumbent may function as Field Instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VAAAHS field placements. Participate as member of various VAAAHS committees functioning as liaison between those committees and the Mental Health Service. Evaluate one's own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies and other organized means. Knowledge and skill in use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, predominantly those programs in use by VAAAHS. Complete comprehensive documentation in the veteran's charts including assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, and discharge plans as per clinic requirements. Independently provide evidence-based interventions and treatment modalities used in the Mental Health Service in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. Independently use judgement and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques. Respond to consults by interviewing the veteran utilizing questionnaires and other assessment tools while determining the Veteran's emotional, functional, and psychological condition. Participate in multidisciplinary treatment decisions. Assist Veterans in the preparation of materials needed for application to various internal and external resources for entitlements, then, follow the process of application until a determination has been made. Serve as the major consultant for information on negotiating the complex processes Veteran's encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. Collaborate with members of the team on which one functions and other professional specialty clinics to provide comprehensive care to Veterans. Identify, develop and facilitate accessibility and utilization of VAAAHS and community resources to meet the needs of Veterans. Study current theory and treatment modalities by reading professional journals, attending conferences, clinic seminars and teleconferences, and materials given out by staff within and outside Mental Health Service. Work Schedule: Monday -Friday (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker/PD000000 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.