Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Bridges Program)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Spokane, Washington
Internal Number: 623035900
The principal role of the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) is to provide timely evaluation, brief treatment, and care transition support for Veterans as a member of the Bridges Program in the Behavioral Health (BHS) of Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MGVAMC). This position is based at the main campus of the MGVAMC in Spokane, Washington, with occasional travel to the community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) in Couer d'Alene, Idaho. Psychosocial Treatment and Intervention: Provides assessment and treatment of Veterans' mental health and substance abuse disorders, with the goals of quickly initiating care for Veterans who are new to the system or in transition between services or providers; assessing Veterans' needs. Planning and providing care; and maximizing health outcomes and decreasing morbidity due to substance-related and mental health conditions. Incumbent's role has a direct and significant impact on the effectiveness of health care delivery to the patient population. Incumbent continuously improves individual and organizational provision of mental health care, with focus on Veterans in transition, in accordance with the agency's and Veterans' goals. Specific services include, but are not limited to: Provides initial functional assessments of Veterans' mental health and substance abuse needs. Provides comprehensive substance abuse & mental health intake evaluations. Screens Veterans for risk of suicide or harm to others, and intervenes when indicated using evidence-based safety enhancement strategies. Provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary treatment planning, with focus on integrative treatment for Veterans with co-occurring addictions and mental health disorders. Provides time-limited individual and group psychotherapy for a full range of Veteran patients with diverse clinical needs. Provides Evidence-Based Psychotherapies appropriate to patients' needs, Provides evaluation and treatment through tele-health technologies, as clinically and administratively indicated. Assists Veterans in crisis, in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Team, Mental Health Clinic, Emergency Department, and others. Facilitates referrals for patients in crisis, when indicated. Monitors assigned Veterans closely, working with team to see that changes in status receive the indicated clinical attention. Documents care provided in the Electronic Medical Record, in full compliance with agency guidelines. Care Collaboration, Coordination, and Consultation: Develops, implements, monitors, and revises initial plans of treatment that are based best practices for Veterans assessed needs and preferences. Facilitates warm-handoff transitions to VA and non-VA health care services as well as psychosocial support agencies. Actively collaborates with other SATP and BHS team members to assure seamless transitions in care, with attention to Veteran safety and continuity of care. Actively coordinates and communicates with Veterans' primary care teams and medical specialists (e.g. nutrition, palliative care, hospice) regarding Veterans' care plans and needs. Collaborates with MGVAMC's inpatient and outpatient services to support discharge planning and care transitions for Veterans new to mental health or substance abuse services. Collaborates with military units, community agencies, and other non-VA partners to assure seamless transitions into care for Veterans not yet receiving VA care. Works closely with Healthcare Administration eligibility staff and Primary Care to facilitate timely entry into care. Establishes and maintain networks, both within the VAMC, local CBOC's, other VISN20 sites, and agencies within the Spokane catchment area. Actively collaborates with these agencies to support expeditious and seamless care transitions for Veterans new to the VA or to MH services. Administrative Duties: Maintains list of community, state, and national resources, organizations, and support groups that may constitute appropriate care providers or support agencies for Veterans new to MH services. Contributes to regional and national work groups that focus on provision of timely (typically same day) MH care to Veterans in transition, and reports on these to service and facility Managership. Uses standard office software (word processing, e-mail, etc.) for performance of duties. Maintains tracking systems for special projects and ongoing data collection requirements. Other Duties: As assigned, the incumbent accepts additional and special assignments aligned with program, service, and agency goals. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 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.