Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Community Case Manager
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Vineland, New Jersey
Internal Number: 612977200
The incumbent of this position provides services to the Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Southern New Jersey. This will include the Vineland, Northfield, and Cape May Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). The Licensed Mental Health Professional Counselor (LMHPC) independently provides case management services to eligible Veterans and their family members to meet biological, psychological, social, and environmental needs. Veterans treated come from a wide geographic area. This individual will be hired to perform clinical and case management duties for patients enrolled in the Behavioral Health Service. Services may be conducted in the office or the community setting. Provision of services will require visits to the home and may include visits to psychiatric hospitals or any location the Veteran is inhabiting in order to engage the Veteran and assess the Veteran's needs. This case management position will work with the already established Behavioral Health teams and other mental health, social work, and primary care colleagues. This position includes the provision of a range of services: assessment, treatment planning, clinical interventions, advocacy, resource utilization, and collaboration with community partners. This individual may be required to work evenings and weekends. FUNCTIONS OR SCOPE OF ASSIGNED DUTIES AT FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL (including but not limited to): A. Interviews Clients and family members Interviews Veterans and their family members/significant others and is able to establish a professional rapport to create an environment conducive to securing information. Interprets and explains VA's treatment and benefit programs. B. Conducts psychosocial assessments Independently evaluates the Veteran's situation, including presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the Veteran's functioning and health as part of a comprehensive psychosocial assessment. Reviews all data, subjective and objective, and makes a clinical assessment, identifying needs and strengths. Based on the psychosocial assessment, uses professional judgment and independent practice skills to make a psychosocial diagnosis. Assesses at-risk factors and develops a preliminary disposition plan, involving the Veteran and family or significant others. Performs insightful assessment of serious and complicated cases involving psychiatric illness, catastrophic medical conditions, dementia and other diagnoses. Uses advanced clinical training, insight and experience to interpret data and to identify viable treatment options. C. Plans Effective Treatment Develops psychosocial treatment plans in coordination with interdisciplinary team members, including goals for psychosocial clinical treatment. Prioritizes identified problems for intervention. Using known available resources and the initial assessment of the Veteran's likelihood to accept differing types of assistance, makes initial and continuing decisions regarding use of VA and non-VA services and referrals. Arrives at a reasoned conclusion as to the preferred course of agency action. Provides independent consultation and makes recommendations to interdisciplinary team on course of treatment. Independently concludes the appropriate action, even in instances where actions can have serious impact on the life of the Veteran. This might include long-term institutional or nursing home care or separation from family members. These decisions are based on independent practice skills, professional judgment and expertise regarding the Veteran's self-care capability, the family support system, the Veteran's health care needs and possible consequences. D. Implements Treatment Provides social work services to Veterans and family members/significant others in support of the Veteran's treatment. Gives advice, guidance, emotional support, and other assistance. Provides individual and group counseling services. Assists and encourages Veterans and family members/significant others in facing problems, thinking them through, evaluating the situation realistically, considering alternative courses of action and arriving at plans for using resources to resolve problems. E. Evaluation, Education, Supervision. Coaching and Mentoring Establishes a continuing relationship with the Veteran, evaluating progress towards goals, and adjusting the treatment plan as appropriate. Work Schedule: Fulltime. Normal working hours are M-F, 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Virtual: No Telework: No Relocation/Recruitment Incentive: No
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.