This position is located within the Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) Program under Mental Health Service. The MHICM Senior Social Worker Case Manager is able to practice independently, must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level. At least two years experience should be in an area of specialized social work practice working with serious mental health diagnoses. MHICM patients are seriously mentally ill veterans with a high percentage of co morbid substance abuse issues who have been identified as high utilizers of psychiatric inpatient hospital resources. MHICM patients have previously not been able to achieve adequate community adjustment with traditional psychiatric care. The patient caseload is complex based on the severity of the mental illness, co morbidities, and resistance to standard treatments. Treatment interventions are innovative and highly individualized. Patients are referred to the MHICM program from Mental Health Services. The primary responsibilities of the MHICM Senior Social Worker Case Manager are to provide intensive case management services, continuous quality improvement activities, evaluation/consultation, psychosocial assessments, individual therapy, placement services, and referrals to various community agencies and hospital services to MHICM patients. Specific duties of this position include: Respond to consults sent to the MHICM program by independently interviewing the veteran utilizing questionnaires and other measurement devices while assessing the veteran's emotional, functional, and psychological condition. Presents the findings to the MHICM team to determine rejection or acceptance into the MHICM program. Function as case manager for veterans in the MHICM program performing duties to facilitate independent community living by coordinating mental health and community care. Participate in development of a treatment plan for each MHICM veteran with measurable goals outlined based on relevant psychological, medical, and psychiatric information with the principles of treatment matching. Assist MHICM veterans in the preparation of materials needed for applications to various agencies for entitlements, then, follow the process of the application until a determination has been made. Serve as the major consultant for information on negotiating the complex processes veteran's encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. Collaborate with members of the MHICM team and other professional specialty clinics to provide comprehensive care to MHICM veterans. Identify, develop and facilitate accessibility and utilization of VA and community resources to meet the needs of MHICM veterans. Independently conduct individual and family clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of substance abuse, psychiatric illness, and social needs as treatment issues. Have and utilize advanced clinical skills to independently serve as therapist in treatment groups, individual psychotherapy, and family therapy as needed. Independently assess the MHICM veterans learning needs regarding their substance abuse, psychiatric and medical disorders, and the treatments and medications required incorporating teaching in the treatment. Provide assistance with medication management for MHICM veterans. Independently conduct home visits and community visits to MHICM veterans to maintain and encourage community living. Collaborate with community agencies where MHICM veterans reside to facilitate community living in the least restrictive environment and to provide support services for these agencies. Provide direct teaching services to staff and others as appropriate. Document the veteran's progress in progress notes. Document significant events as needed. Information is to be entered into the CPRS system. Be responsible to stay abreast of current theory and treatment modalities by reading professional journals, attending conferences, clinic seminars and teleconferences, and materials given out by staff and Psychiatry Service. The MHICM Senior Social Worker Case Manager evaluates his/her practice on an on going basis through participation in professional peer review, case conferences, research studies, or other organized means. Is active in and accepts responsibility for the development and maintenance of professional standards of treatment. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri, 8am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600230100
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