This position is assigned to the interdisciplinary Mental Health Clinic (MHC) at the Wm. S. Middleton VA Medical Center in Madison, WI. The Social Worker for this position provides a full range of social work services including assessment and treatment of complex psychosocial problems resulting from mental illness, chronic and acute illness, senescence or socioeconomic and family concerns. This social worker possesses a high level of knowledgeable about mental health disorders. 1. Conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial interventions/treatments to a wide variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds. Knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of the environment, society, and culture. 2. Independently perform case finding functions and outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs. Knowledge and ability to implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups. 3. Assess psychiatric conditions according to the DSM-5. Perform mental health diagnostic interviews with patients referred to specialty mental health clinics. Develop treatment plans in collaboration with the Veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team within established time frames. Possess the skills to offer psychosocial interventions and measure outcomes of interventions. 4. Assess Veterans who present with psychiatric and psychosocial emergencies. Identify high-risk patients and provide case management services in compliance with the Uniform Services Handbook and VA Suicide Prevention protocols. 5. Provide crisis intervention services, including timely and appropriate interventions to prevent harm to self or others, as well as coordination of family involvement when indicated. Consult with supervisor, psychiatrist, Suicide Prevention Coordinators and/or other team members when moderate or high risk of harm is identified. Complete suicide prevention documentation in accordance with established guidelines. Provide any necessary follow up calls for High Risk patients due to the following reasons: they lack a consistent provider, provider called off, they missed their last appointment and need contact for the measure, availability is too far out for regular provider, walk-ins. 6. Assess for Military Sexual Trauma and link Veteran's to clinically indicated care. 7. Provide timely screening of incoming patient consults from outside of Mental Health Service through a broad range of clinical social work services. Complete Same Day Access (SDA) Policy initial assessments; assessing treatment need (intake-other referral therapy referral-etc.); coordinating intake scheduling (med needs, Gero-day); coordinate huddles to review SDA non-urgent care plans made by FD Nurses; coordinate huddles to review future FD scheduling and business; ensure that Veterans are called to fill-in any cancellations; ensuring completion of ED consults for all FD providers; coordinate FD grids to ensure utilization standards are met. 8. Consult management activities for newly referred patients to outpatient mental health 9. Provide applicable follow-up care to and suicide prevention documentation for Veterans discharged from VA and non-VA hospitalizations when indicated. 10. Complete outreach activities and attempt to re-engage Veterans that have missed their intake appointments and/or when indicated. 11. Complete Suicide Prevention protocols and documentation when Veterans screen positive on the C-SSRS, receive a high/intermediate risk rating on Comprehensive Suicide Risk Evaluations or when indicated. 12. Assign Mental Health Treatment Coordinator (MHTC) to veterans meeting criteria. 13. Establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and their families. Independently work with Veterans and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing individual, group and family counseling and therapy skills. 14. Provide interventions and duties through a variety of modalities to include: face to face visits, telephone, and video modalities. 15. Hold an understanding of cultural, age and gender diversity and adapts practice accordingly. 16. Provide consultation· services to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of Veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to treatment plan. Ability to evaluate own practice through professional peer review, case conferences and other organizational means. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. 17. General knowledge of Veterans' benefits and services relating to special programs, service-connected compensation, non-service-connected pension. Facilitate referrals based upon Veteran needs and eligibility. 18. Meet the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicate and treat customers in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provide customers with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handle conflict and problems in dealing with the consumer constructively and appropriately. 19. Contribute to the team or work area by striving to improve individual, team, or organizational performance to better serve the Veteran population. Perform duties as assigned.
Internal Number: 600174400
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