The Addiction Therapist works primarily within the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP), as well as with veterans seeking outpatient substance abuse services. Duties include, but are not limited to: Conducts interviews, uses questionnaires or other measurement devices, or observes the patient to assess emotional, functional or psychological condition. Independently conducts initial assessment of patients. Gathers social, drug, family and military history and reasons for referral. Prepares written assessments based on knowledge of patient's background and medical history for use by members of the multi-disciplinary treatment team or for own use to develop treatment. Continually re-assesses the veteran for progress or lack there of. Completes the computerized Addiction Severity Index at admission and again at discharge from services. Determines appropriate treatment or rehabilitation for individual patients. Recommends and assists the patient in setting standards of behavior and goals for evaluation of progress. Serves as a member of the Multi-disciplinary treatment team and works with other professionals to formulate treatment and follow-up plans for each patient. Makes referrals to other levels of substance abuse treatment when warranted. Provides individual and group counseling, makes appropriate referral to community or other professional resources as necessary for effective rehabilitation. Conducts therapeutic short-term, in-depth counseling in accordance. with specific guidelines and may occasionally handle crisis intervention or other emergency situations. Conducts group, family and individual therapeutic counseling sessions. Conducts didactic educational workshops. Observes patient behaviors and reaction patterns for use by higher level professionals or the treatment team in reviewing and modifying treatment and/or follow-up plans. Contributes to team decisions concerning necessary controls and restrictions required for the therapeutic progress of bo.th individual patients and the community in general, and recommends degrees of supervision required. Maintains appropriate records, charting information necessary to ensure an accurate portrayal of the patient's activities, condition and progress. Evaluates patient's records on a recurring basis to assess the current condition and progress. Contributes to team decisions concerning adjustments to treatment, including privileges, therapeutic leaves of absence, readiness for job placement readiness for special education/training programs, and readiness for discharge. Responsible for the case management of a specific number of patients in assigned area, from admission to discharge, to include regular individual appointments, presentation of case at scheduled treatment team meetings, assisting with referrals for discharge/community transition, assisting with resolution of problems on a day to day basis, etc. Documents medical history, according to stated VA, CARF and JCAHO policies. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Addiction Therapist/PD05658A 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.