This announcement will remain open until filled. The first cutoff of consideration is 9/17/2021. Additional Applications will be referred as needed. The Senior Social Worker serves as a member of the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP). BHIP is a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals which provides comprehensive, accessible, Veteran-centered mental health care. The BHIP Treatment Coordinator will be a member of all BHIP teams within the clinic and is responsible for various aspects of assessing, diagnosis, treating, and coordinating the treatment of Veterans within BHIP and the Mental Health Service Line. This includes, but is not limited to, being the first point of contact for Veteran same-day access needs, including seeing walk-ins and speaking with Veterans by phone to assess for risk, urgency of needs, appropriate treatment setting, diagnosis, and facilitate engagement in care. The Senior Social Worker: completes intake evaluations and will work with the BHIP supervisors to conduct panel management of all BHIP team members in order that Veterans have access to timely, quality mental health care. works with the Local Recovery Coordinator and the Mental Health Complex Care Social Workers to engage Veterans at increased risk for suicide, including providing additional psychotherapy appointments as needed. may serve as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator (MHTC) and will work closely with the BHIP Supervisors and the Mental Health Service Line leadership on identifying and addressing process issues within BHIP and/or the MHSL. may refer clients to other programs and professionals as appropriate. participates in and provides consultation to other team members. provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services which requires advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans with a range of DSM diagnoses, substance abuse/dependence, and poly-traumatic injuries. serves as the primary clinician to meet the same day access needs of Veterans requesting mental health care within the clinic. This includes conducting the same day evaluation in-person or by telephone, according to policy. Given that a significant portion of these Veterans are new to Mental Health treatment, this involves providing a diagnosis and provisional treatment plan. provides initial and follow-up comprehensive psychological intake evaluations, including diagnosis, to Veterans in BHIP. coordinates mental health treatment for Veterans within BHIP, being referred to specialty mental health care, and Veterans returning to BHIP from specialty mental health care. conducts risk evaluation and treatment, including oversight of interdisciplinary documentation of treatment plans, for Veterans within BHIP, including those who are in the REACHVet program and those with a High Risk for Suicide Patient Record Flag. actively monitors clinic availability and panel size of all BHIP team members in order to be able to coordinate the flow of patient care amongst BHIP teams and BHIP team members. This includes knowledge of availability of specialty mental health services, as well as working actively with program support staff to insure that team assignments in the Patient Care Management Module (PCMM) are accurate and up to date. may serve as the representative for Psychology Service on various Psychology Service, Mental Health Service Line, System, or VISN administrative committees or work groups as assigned. provides subject matter consultation to colleagues and trainees on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective practice skills. In addition, there may be opportunities to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice. expands clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. assists in drafting policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 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.