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 The VA Northern California Health Care System is recruiting for a Senior Social Worker to join our outpatient addiction team at the Mather location in the Mental Health Service Line. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Assesses crisis situations, formulates crisis plans, provides crisis interventions and follow up intervention services, developing individualized treatment plans, with particular regard for addressing situations related to harm to self, others or grave disability. Incumbent will perform 5150 admissions as well as voluntary admissions to county programs. Conducts biopsychosocial assessments and uses DSM-5 to make clinical psychiatric diagnoses. With particular emphasis on the treatment of substance use disorders, develops and implements advanced therapeutic interventions to bring about change, using a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches, including evidenced based psychotherapies. Participates in development of a treatment plan for each patient with whom major contact is expected, with measurable goals outlined, based on relevant psychological, medical and psychiatric information and principles of treatment matching. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. The incumbent may supervise and participate in the training of Social Workers, Social Work Associates, volunteers, and students; participates as required and requested in orientation, training and staff development programs involving Mental Health and VANCHCS. The incumbent assumes responsibility and shows initiative for own learning and professional development, demonstrating the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice and provide supervision for licensure or specialty certification. Assist patients in the preparation of materials needed for applications to various agencies for entitlements. Serve as the clinical consultant for information on negotiating the complex processes patients encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. Ensures timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system as appropriate. Responds to Veterans request for release of records, return phone calls, linking of services and appropriate referrals as needed in a timely fashion.Collaborates with community, health, welfare and service agencies. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Telework, if approved, would be regularly scheduled throughout the week, but this is not a remote or virtual position. This announcement has been extended to widen the applicant pool.
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.