Social worker positions are within the Birmingham VA Health Care System (BHVCS) Mental Health Service program Substance Treatment and Recovery (STAR). Social workers perform treatment of Veterans with mental health issues. Incumbent functions include working with interdisciplinary teams identifying eligible Veterans served by the BVHCS/community, providing social work intervention for all mental health consults, providing counseling, case management and education for Veterans and their families. Major duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: Provides direct patient care to veterans with substance use disorders. Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and their families. Conducts psychosocial assessments, integrated summaries, treatment plans, discharge summaries, therapy (including evidence based therapy in group and individual setting), case management, crisis intervention and measurement based care for veterans with substance use disorders. Serves as a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team and works with other professionals to formulate treatment and follow-up plans for each patient assigned. Maintains appropriate records, charting information necessary to insure that records are kept current. Trains other therapists and medical personnel in intervention techniques, crisis-oriented counseling, and other relevant subjects. Arranges referral of patients to other federal agencies, state, public and private organizations. Develops and maintains appropriate communications, rapport, and positive working relationships with a variety of institutions, organizations and service providers. Provides Alco-Sensor breath detection screening on veterans. Completes substance abuse consults on the inpatient medical unit at Birmingham VA Medical Center and contacting recently discharged patients as needed to assess substance abuse history and assist veterans in exploring appropriate treatment options. Closely follow at-risk veterans on individual caseloads by contacting them on a regular basis to re-evaluate their current access to care and ensure their needs are being met. Assisting veterans in applying for residential treatment at other facilities when a veteran is in need of a higher level of care. Providing follow-up with veterans in regards to their residential applications and coordinating with residential facilities to assist with inpatient admission as needed. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Variable Tours of duty available (Hours of work may be from 8:00 AM thru 4:00 PM or 8:30 AM thru 5:00 PM, Monday thru Friday. This position may have week night or weekend hours required. Call Schedule: Night and weekend back-up rotational on-call shared with other providers, only a limited number of times a year. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:0185/FS00000 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.