Senior Social Worker (Primary Care Mental Health Integration)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Internal Number: 615159600
If you are not a current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-11241488-21-ER. The Primary Care Mental Health Integration Social Worker is a co-located, collaborative care behavioral health provider who serves as a member of the primary care clinic's health care team. The PCMHI SW functions as part of multidisciplinary primary care teams, and delivers brief, consultation-based services. The duties of the Senior Social Worker include but not limited to: Provide functional assessments using the DSM V, and will be able to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and determine appropriate interventions and treatment modalities during triage. The PC-MHI Social Worker will provide brief intervention, education, and consultative services regarding a wide range of mental health and behavioral medicine concerns, on referral from primary care providers and allied PACT members. Conduct functional assessments, based on 30 minute appointments and will triage/refer to specialty care services as appropriate. Applies principals of population-based care (defines role and identifies problems rapidly). 80% of all appointments are 30 minutes. Uses brief assessments routinely (e.g., PHQ9, GAD7, PCL-5, AUDIT C, etc.) Initial consultation appointments are based on functional assessments and treatment focuses on functional outcomes. Maintains daily open access slots. Provides brief mental health and behavioral interventions (e.g., 1-6 sessions for a broad range of concerns). Uses time-limited, evidence-based interventions that are simple and concrete. Uses self-management/home-based practice interventions. Triages appropriately and efficiently to specialty mental health services. Provides behavioral medicine interventions based on patient need. Write clear, concise notes, generally ½-1 page long, with explicit impression, recommendations, and plan for PCP use. Routinely consults with PCPs and other PACT team members about plan of care for patients. Conducts effective curbside consultations. Integrates with primary care teams and works closely in collaboration with PACT team. Attends PACT meetings and daily huddles. Routinely provides feedback (verbal and/or written) to PCP and other PACT members same day as referral. Provides education to PACT on BH issues as well as consultation on tips for successful care management and patient facilitation. Participate in program development within their assigned program including community outreach. Utilize outcome evaluations to further treatment and design system changes based on empirical findings. Responsible for participating in clinical program development and is accountable to clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. This may include partnering with local universities, community colleges, and other agencies to improve the delivery of mental health services and increase utilization. Evaluate his/her own practice through professional peer review, case conferences, and other organizational means. Keep thorough and complete records of their encounters with Veterans in the computerized record system (CPRS) and will document in a timely manner and in accord with governing regulations. Demonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. Meet the needs of Veterans while supporting the VA mission. This includes consistently communicating and treating Veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff, in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provide Veterans and their families with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Senior 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.