The incumbent is responsible for the management, coordination and provision of social work services to Veterans and their families on the Acute Mental Health unit. The incumbent is responsible for completing biopsychosocial assessments, psychosocial treatment planning, case management, individual, couples and group therapies/psychosocial counseling, advance directives, and coordination of discharge plans for veterans admitted to the Acute Mental Health Unit. 1. Conduct biopsychosocial assessments to determine needs of Veterans and family members. 2. Participant in the treatment planning process with the interdisciplinary treatment team. The treatment plan will include measurable goals, objectives and treatment methods based upon the biopsychosocial assessment, and used to direct a course of treatment. The treatment plan will be completed within the time frame indicated by Acute Mental Health Ward policy. 3. Participate in discharge planning with the interdisciplinary treatment team and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate. 4. Make assessments and develop crisis management plans in Acute Mental Health. This includes the development and facilitation of written crisis plans, suicide risk assessments, collaborative safety action plans, and assessment of homicidal ideation. 5. Provide individual, family and group therapy as appropriate. 6. Maintain expertise on VA and/or community resources, and provide consultation/education to Veterans and families on community resources and VA benefits. The Social Worker is responsible to assist Veterans and families in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the patient's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. 7. Recognize potential barriers Veterans may face when attempting to access services and will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the Veteran and/or family. When appropriate and feasible, the social worker will educate and encourage the patient/family to advocate on own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. 8. Act as a consultant to other team/staff members. 9. Act as liaison between VA and community resources. 10.Provide case management to veterans and families, as needed, throughout the continuum of care. 11.Provide a full range of social work services within commonly accepted standards of social work practice which includes case management, individual, family and group therapy, discharge planning, and other services as appropriate. 12.Provide education and assistance with Advance Directives in accordance with the standards of the work area. 13.The incumbent will as appropriate, supervise the practice of social work students, or a less experienced social worker. 14.Coordinate treatment and communicate with the other service lines to facilitate continuity of care for Veterans. 15.Participate in committee assignments, as deemed necessary by the manager. 16.Maintain data and statistical compilations to comply with Joint Commission, VA, and facility policy and procedures. 17. Assist Veterans and their significant others with coping and dealing with the loss and grief experiences in disability, terminal illness and death. 18.Document social work interventions and activities in the Veterans' clinical record utilizing CPRS and ensure appropriate hand off when transferring of patient care. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm or 8am-4:30pm, evening and weekends maybe required Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker-Acute Mental Health/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.