Senior Social Worker (Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI))
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 612118200
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Senior Social Worker functions as a member of the Primary Care Mental Health Integration team within the Behavioral Health Service at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHCS); he/she may be located at the VA Medical Center or at an outpatient primary care clinic. The PCMHI team directly supports the behavioral health needs of the Patient Aligned Clinical Team(s) (PACT) within the Primary Care Service. PCMHI provides immediate, direct and onsite access for behavioral health consultation, assessment, and mental health treatment as clinically indicated. Treatment interventions offered by the Senior Social Worker in PCMHI are short-term (4-6 sessions approximately 30 minutes each) and occur within the primary care setting. The Senior Social Worker will work in conjunction with other PCMHI team members to fully address the needs of the Veterans. Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: Clinical Responsibilities: Conducts initial brief and comprehensive 30-minute psychosocial assessments of Veterans refeed by Primary Care providers. S/he reviews all data, subjective and objective, and makes a clinical assessment, identifying needs and strengths. Effectively uses professional skill, objectivity and insight. Uses clinical training and experience to interpret data and to identify viable treatment options. Assesses high risk factors, acuity and need for services. Based on a brief assessment, the Senior Social Worker uses professional judgment and advanced practical skills to make a clinical diagnosis and prognosis. Treatment provided by the Senior Social Worker will be short-term, problem focused and part of the care provided by the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). Provides insightful assessment of cases involving mental health diagnoses, catastrophic medical conditions, dementia, and other high-risk diagnoses and determines if effective treatment can be provided with a short-term intervention or requires a longer-term intervention. Those cases requiring longer term treatment as determined by the Senior Social Worker will initially or later be refeed to BHIP or other specialty programs for such treatment (e.g. ADTP, PTSD, MHICM, etc.). Administration: Participates fully in peer review, assessing the quality of professional social work practice standards provided in the organization. Fully accountable for practice, including Veteran visits, measuring outcomes to interventions, and meeting productivity standards. Responsible for identification of patient problems requiring consultation with other multi-disciplinary medical center staff and making appropriate referrals. Research/Education/Training Participates in research as appropriate through case finding and referral of Veterans to clinical investigators engaged in research or through participating in research studies. Applies new approaches to Veteran care through integration of approved investigative and research methods, basing interventions on evidence-based effectiveness. May engage in Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research in compliance with VHA Directives and Handbooks, V ASNHS Medical Center Memorandums, BHS Policies and Procedures, and the incumbent's Scope of Practice for conducting such research. Promotes Veteran independence and achievement of optimal health through appropriate psychosocial education, care coordination, and community referrals. Understands the complexities of bureaucracy and acts as an advocate within the VA system when it serves the best interests of the Veteran/family. When appropriate and feasible, educates and encourages Veteran/family to advocate on her/his own behalf, fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements/benefits, and Advance Directives and Living Will. Refers Veterans and their families and significant others for counseling in health promotion and disease prevention and to appropriate V ASNHS clinical staff for other identified health education needs. Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday-Friday Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@va.gov, the EDRP email group for questions/assistance 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.