The GS 12 Senior Social Worker is assigned to the Opiate Agonist Treatment program provides specialized evidenced-based individual, family, and group psychotherapy and case management services to a medically and psychiatrically complex patient population The Senior Social Worker assesses patients referred for possible OAT utilizing DSM 5 criteria for Substance Use Disorders as well as the federal criteria for providing buprenorphine and/or methadone maintenance treatment. Provides appropriate referrals for treatment utilizing information obtained throughout detailed assessments as well as the ASAM criteria for levels of care. Provides a broad range of individual and group psychotherapy utilizing established empirically-supported treatment modalities for this population (Motivational Interviewing, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Harm Reduction, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Relapse Prevention, 12-Step Facilitation). Develops/maintains treatment plans specific to individual patient needs. Provides case-management and coordination of care to each patient to the extent that is appropriate to each patient's need and level of functioning. Responsible for completion of Advance Directives and Psychiatric Advance Directives and indicated. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining a variety of databases critical to the functioning of the program, including the Methasoft database system, which contains the information needed for daily dosing of the patients, toxicology schedules, and scheduling follow up for PCP, EKGs and vital signs. Responsible for staffing the milieu during certain periods of the week s/he is the only social worker (and Licensed Independent Practitioner) on site. Responsible for coordinating elements of OATP's diversion control plan, which includes monitoring and quickly responding to toxicology screens, collaborating with treatment team staff, and making ongoing behavioral observations of patients. Works directly with the program coordinator as a point of contact for Veterans, VA providers, and Community providers who are seeking buprenorphine treatment at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Meets regularly with the OATP medical director, Program Coordinator, and SATP Clinical Manager to discuss plans for program development, improvement, and implementation. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: Yes, but these are not a virtual position. 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.