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 incumbent is assigned to the NCHCS Mental Health product line, joining the General Mental Health program and functions as part of an interdisciplinary team. Social Work Services are carried out in full accordance with specific program goals and broad objectives of the VA health care system. The incumbent provides mental health assessment, diagnosis, treatment and crisis intervention services through telehealth or virtual platform. The incumbent coordinates and refers Veterans with acute or chronic psychiatric conditions for appropriate outpatient psychotherapy and/or psychiatric treatment. The incumbent employs full range of treatment modalities with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Services will generally be provided via telehealth. The incumbent will focus primarily on addressing the crisis mental health needs of Veterans who often are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, behavioral health, financial, legal and psychosocial concerns. The incumbent provides advanced evaluation and treatment strategies to the full range of patient problems in his/her work setting, including evidenced based therapies, making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnosis within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. The incumbent employs a high level of skill and expertise to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and/or their families. The incumbent is qualified to provide expert advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines and is required to exercise independent and expert judgment in the selection of or adaptation of standard and accepted theories, techniques and practices, and is able to develop new techniques and programs for the treatment of clinical populations. The incumbent has at least two years' experience in an area of specialized, advanced practice post licensure and he/she must be able to provide clinical supervision for unlicensed social workers working towards clinical licensure. Clinical services (75% time): a. 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. b. Conducts biopsychosocial assessments and uses DSM-5 to make clinical psychiatric diagnoses. Develops and implements advanced therapeutic interventions to bring about change, using a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches, including evidenced based psychotherapies. c. 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. d. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. e. Attends regularly scheduled treatment team meetings to ensure efficiency and continuity of service delivery to specialized patient populations. f. 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. Case management responsibilities (20%) a. Timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate. b. Assist patients in the preparation of materials needed for applications to various agencies for entitlements. Serve as the clinic consultant for information on negotiating the complex processes patients encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. c. Uses diagnostic knowledge of the patient's need(s) to make referrals to a variety of VA and non-VA resources in support of the treatment objective of the patient. d. Collaborates with community, health, welfare, and service agencies. Additional responsibilities (5%) a. Attends trainings sponsored by the VISN, VAMC and other NASW recognized training programs to enhance knowledge, skills and abilities. b. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm PST Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This position may be eligible for student loan repayment through the VA Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). CLICK HERE for more information Virtual positions - salary is based on location of employee
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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.