The Social Work Service of the VA Palo Alto Health Care system is currently recruiting for GS-12 Senior Social Workers. The positions are located in Monterey and Menlo Park. . This position may be eligible for student loan repayment through the VA Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). CLICK HERE for more information The incumbent is an integral member of both the core mental health team, as well as, co-located integrated primary care team (iPACT) and has major responsibilities in the areas of providing social work and general mental health services to Veterans and their families. The Integrated Patient Aligned Care Team (iPACT) is a comprehensive integrated team which delivers primary care and mental health care to Veteran patients in a longitudinal rather than episodic fashion and which has its focus in prevention; health promotion, coordination and chronic disease management. The social worker in this Veteran-centric approach may provide targeted, time limited PCMHI services and may function as a care coordinator (or liaison) to ensure access and provision of appropriate stepped-care to needed medical and mental health services, as defined by the Veteran. The incumbent has administrative responsibilities and performs direct clinical work demonstrating knowledge and skill in assessment, planning and implementation of interventions for the broad spectrum of problems encountered in a typical general outpatient setting. Incumbent provides individual, group, and family psychotherapy and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans with polytrauma injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, PTSD, substance use and addictions and other serious disorders. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Provides psychosocial assessments and clinical case management services at an advanced practice level to eligible Veterans and their family members to meet biological, psychological, social, and environmental needs. Performs specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of Veterans, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Crisis intervention which may entail coordinating inpatient psychiatric admissions, coordinating welfare checks with local law enforcement departments and mandated reporting to community agencies as needed. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 Am to 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This position will remain open until 9/30/2021, but applicants who apply before midnight of 3/4/2021 will be referred first. After that applicants will be referred every three weeks.
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.