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 This position is under Behavioral Health Service. Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: The Senior Social Worker is responsible for assessing the risk of suicide in individual patients in conjunction with the treating clinician and managing the Category II Patient Record Flag for patients at risk for suicide. Tracks high-risk veterans and monitors treatment to ensure that needed services are being received. Provide appropriate clinical referrals to Veterans affected by a suicide attempt or bereaved by suicide, including trauma treatment and care for complicated grief. Responds to consults from the Veteran Crisis Line within 24 business hours and coordinates the follow-up care for those Veterans and families to assure timely access to care and follow-up for patients in crisis. Will participate in training activities and scheduled meetings as required by Behavioral Health Service. Will participate in a minimum of one National Suicide Prevention Newcomers call. Participates fully in peer review, assessing the quality of professional social work practice standards provided in the organization, focusing on the national Suicide Prevention Program standards. Fully accountable for practice, including Veteran visits, measuring outcomes to interventions, and meeting productivity standards. Participates in research as appropriate through case finding and referral of Veterans to clinical investigators engaged in research or through participating in research studies. Applies new approaches to Veteran care through integration of approved investigative and research methods, basing interventions on evidence-based effectiveness. May engage in Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research in compliance with VHA Directives and Handbooks, VASNHS Medical Center Memorandums, BHS Policies and Procedures, and the incumbent' s Scope of Practice for conducting such research. Promotes Veteran independence and achievement of optimal health through appropriate psychosocial education, care coordination, and community referrals. Understands the complexities of bureaucracy and acts as an advocate within the VA system when it serves the best interests of the Veteran/family. When appropriate and feasible, educates and encourages Veteran/family to advocate on her/his own behalf, fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm; or determined by program need 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.