Senior Social Worker - Primary Care Mental Health Integration
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Olympia, Washington
Internal Number: 616632600
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 serves as a member of the interdisciplinary care team and works with the Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) to address the physical, behavioral, and emotional aspects of health care needs of Veterans. Together the team actively collaborates with the patient to develop a shared, patient-centered treatment plan. The plan may include ways to help with habits, behaviors, stress, or emotional concerns that get in the way of daily life and overall health. The Senior Social Worker's primary duties involve brief functional assessment, triage, and evidence-based intervention in collaboration with the Veteran's primary care team, including individual and group formats. The major duties and responsibilities of the Senior Social Worker are as follows: Provide a full range of services within the Social Work Scope of Practice based on Veteran needs, acuity level, and preferences for care. Services may include, but are not limited to, the following: case management; individual, family, and group therapy; discharge planning; resource linkage; and care coordination. Provide consultation and psychoeducation to Veterans and Veteran families on topics including community resources, Advance Directives, VA benefits, budgeting, activities of daily living, and recovery goals. Act as a consultant to other team/staff members and take a lead clinical role in case consultation. Fulfill ethical responsibilities to Veterans, colleagues and VA in accordance with NASW Code of Ethics, VHA Code of Ethics, and local ethics policies. This includes but is not limited to: compliance with all laws and regulations related to confidentiality and release of information; protecting Veterans' personal identifying information. Document all Veteran care in the electronic health record in accordance with facility policy, VHA Directive 1162.05 (and revisions), and program-specific SOPs. Ensure compliance with standards and expectations of Joint Commission, CARF, and other relevant accrediting bodies. Assist program leadership in accreditation preparation and continuous readiness activities as requested. Actively participate in program planning and development, advising the supervisor of shifting Veteran care needs and identifying the need for SOP or policy changes. Provide supervision to students, interns, or unlicensed Social Workers as requested. Maintain familiarity and responsibility for all behavioral health performance measures. Assist in development and maintenance of operational plans and strategic goals related to these measures. Responsible for participation and leadership in process improvement, system redesign, and/or other applicable workgroups and committees, to include creation of standard work documents or strategic plan implementation. Take responsibility for improving professional competencies by participating training programs and continuing education. Maintain accurate records of trainings in accordance with VA policies and state licensure requirements. Evaluate own practice through professional peer review, case conferences, and other means. Complete all mandatory VA trainings in a timely manner. Provide training, education, and consultation to trainees, VA staff, and community partners as a subject matter expert in specialized practice area(s). The Senior Social Worker may also be assigned to do the following: Complete certification of the VA National PCMHI Competency Training and continue to display competency and fidelity to the PCMHI model via ongoing review of relevant data and metrics; Provide PCMHI in-person care services to Veterans at the Olympia clinic or in their home (home-based CVT); Program evaluation to identify and address barriers to program enrollment/engagement and rapid access; Formally supervise trainees and/or unlicensed staff in the provision of PCMHI services; Serve as a consultant and subject-matter expert to clinical staff; Actively participate in facility committees relevant to integrated care; Lead advertising and outreach efforts for PCMHI Services across the Puget Sound VA catchment area and in community agencies serving Veterans; Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30PM Compressed/Flexible: Compressed Available Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #:Senior Social Worker - Primary Care Mental Health Integration/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy Hermann at Stacy.Hermann@va.gov and Taia Henderson at Taia.Henderson@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator 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.