The Social Worker will provide mental health services to assigned Veteran patients enrolled in the Substance Treatment and Recovery Service (STARS) within the Columbia VA Health Care System. This includes high quality case management, clinical assessment and treatment, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies as needed by the patient. This position will function as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team. They will actively participate in patient assessment and treatment planning, and provision of a full range of clinical treatment and services to all assigned Veteran patients enrolled in STARS. Duties for the position include but are not limited to: Develops an extensive psychosocial assessment of the Veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team, the Veteran, family members and significant others. The goal of the assessment is to highlight the Veteran's strengths, limitations, and internal /external supports and service needs to optimize the Veteran's functional status. This will be accomplished through the use of structured assessments and clinical interview. Working within the interdisciplinary treatment team, assist in developing a treatment plan with the Veteran based on this assessment and to determine the most effective treatment method/s consistent with the Veteran's overall needs. Complete the treatment plan within the timeline prescribed by Mental Health Services and STAR policy and procedures. Utilize various clinical treatment modalities including case management, patient/family education, and other advanced clinical treatment approaches as required. Assesses patients' learning needs regarding their substance abuse, as well as other problems including substance abuse, psychiatric and medical disorders, and will incorporate a teaching plan into the overall plans for treatment. Conduct individual and family therapy and will facilitate weekly Consult Intervention Groups. Provide immediate intervention for substance abuse patients as needed and will provide assistance with Veteran patients in need of DETOX screening. Assist in the successful completion and tracking of performance measures and/or other outcome measures related to substance use treatment as deemed necessary. Make rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs. In the event of a medical or psychiatric emergency, the incumbent will follow the protocol of the mental health clinic at the Columbia VA Health Care System. Documents all patient care assessments, interventions and treatment progress in CPRS in a timely and professional manner consistent with Joint Commission, Mental Health guidelines, and facility policies/procedures. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Tour of duty subject to change to meet the needs of the service 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.