The Suicide Prevention Case Manager is a Senior Social Worker who will serve to facilitate implementation of suicide prevention strategies to help ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to prevent suicide in our Veteran population. This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) please find details under duty section. This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date is 04/29/2021. Additional applications will be referred as needed. 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. The VISN 17 EDRP Coordinators can be reached at VISN17 EDRP@va.gov. Duties include: Monitoring a list of Veterans determined to be at high risk for self-harm & coordinating enhanced care when needed. Providing education to all front line & clinical staff regarding risk factors & protective factors for suicide. Educating clinical staff regarding safety planning with their patients, networking with community partners, & assisting with timely & accurate responses to all action items regarding the Suicide Prevention Program. Implements information systems to track services including visits, referrals, inpatient admissions, patient demographics, and patient satisfaction. Provides programmatic guidance including technical and clinical assistance to other staff in the Suicide Prevention Program. Responsible for data collection and monthly reports on all Veterans who have had a recent suicide attempt and monitors the completion of the Suicide Behavior Report by other providers. Responsible for data collection, administrative record keeping, monitoring of patient or program clinical indicators, and performance measurements. Responds to consults from the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and coordinates the follow up care for these Veterans and families. Responsibility of reviewing all Veterans whose charts have been flagged due to being at risk for self-harm. Assuring that all Veterans on the facility tracking list are being followed closely by the appropriate provider on a regular basis as determined by the coordinator and the provider. Works with community resources such as VSOs and other community groups to assure that they are aware of how to recognize Veterans at risk for suicide and their options for getting these Veterans assistance. Develops and implements an ongoing education plan for providers, Veterans, families, and members of the community on risk factors and warning signs for suicide, and treatment options. Assures that all of these veterans have a 24-hour resource number to call and ways to get assistance if an immediate crisis should occur. Provides referrals to VA medical and Behavioral health treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, as well as community-based social services or other non-VA entitlement programs. Assesses high risk factors, acuity, and the need for services. Participates in the assignment of Veterans to treatment teams and programs. Develops working relationships with other organizations having responsibility for the same patient population. Maintains a current and productive network of referral resources. Monitors Veterans' progress, and maintains comprehensive documentation, ensures expert diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders and shows competent discretion in decision to adjust treatment. Makes recommendations for and changes to treatment plans with coordination from other providers and programs. Provides orientation and on-going training for interdisciplinary team members and conducts staff development programs for Behavioral Health Service and takes responsibility for providing opportunities to help staff update their behavioral health professional practice skills and acquire new knowledge in contemporary treatment modalities. serves as a mentor to other Social Workers, particularly those at the entry level and to Social Work graduate students. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 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.