This Social Worker position is located in the Veterans Care and Transitional Service of the Houston VA Medical Center and is assigned to the Post-9/11 Military 2 VA Case Management (M2VA) Program. The M2VA Program oversees all transition activities and the coordination of care and services for Post 9/11 service members and Veterans. Incumbent facilitates efficient and appropriate delivery of services across episodes of care within the Medical Center and Community-based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC), including Mental Health Services. Incumbent independently provides comprehensive behavioral health assessment, treatment plan, intervention, and case management services to eligible veterans and their family members to meet biological, psychological, social, and environmental needs. Independently performs case finding functions and outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs. Incumbent must possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups. Independently conducts psychosocial assessments and makes diagnoses based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM current edition). Develops treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Incumbent possesses the skills to offer psychosocial interventions and measures outcomes to interventions. Incumbent is able to coordinates community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. Independently identifies high-risk patients and provides case management services accordingly or as assigned. Incumbent provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint, coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members. Has working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology. Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with veterans and their families. Incumbent is able to independently work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing individual, group and family counseling and therapy skills. Independently provides 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 incumbents' own practice through professional peer review, case conferences and other organizational means. Incumbent is able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. General knowledge of veterans' benefits and services relating to special programs, service connected compensation, non-service connected pension. Facilitates referrals based upon veterans needs and eligibility. Demonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in their special area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications, if privileged to do so. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM; additional hours as patient care needs dictate. 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.