The Social Worker is assigned to all program areas, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and geriatrics. He or She may be assigned to one or a combination of settings requiring similar qualifications. This might include assignment to any new program developed to meet the needs of the Veterans served. Major duties for the position include (but are not limited to): Performing case finding functions and homeless outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs. The incumbent must possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, and provide Social Work interventions for individuals, families and groups. Conducting triages and psychosocial assessments. Developing treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran and/or family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Acting as a subject matter expert and liaison with community agencies. She/he coordinates community-based services, including information and referral to or from other VA programs, government programs, and community agency programs. The Social Worker has knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. She/he identifies high-risk patients and provides appropriate intervention case management services. The incumbent provides crisis intervention services addressing the cause and presenting complaint. Coordinating family conferences and serves as liaison to family members. The incumbent works under supervision with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems. Providing consultation to VA staff regarding the psychosocial needs of the veterans and the impact of their problems on their health and adherence to their treatment plan. Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing with people from varied backgrounds. The incumbent communicates and interacts with patients in a manner that considers cognitive, emotional, spiritual, cultural, and age factors. Utilizing the Veterans Health Information System and Technology Architecture (Vista) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System. The incumbent also utilizes the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) to document patient encounters in the medical record. Ensuring he/she has a general knowledge of Veterans' benefits and services relating to special programs, service connected compensation, and non-service connected pension. She/he facilitates referrals as needed. Engaging in individual and multi-disciplinary research projects with the permission of the facilities research committee. NOTE: Social Workers appointed at the lower grade level of GS-9 will work under the supervision of a fully licensed/certified Social Worker. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #: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.