The incumbent is responsible for clinical casework and therapy for veterans being treated in the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP). This is a multi-discipline announcement and can be filled by either Social Worker, Psychologist, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselors or Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor. Screening/Assessment: The incumbent is responsible for the in-depth psychosocial assessment as part of the overall assessment of the patient. Identifies problems/needs form the assessment to be treated and develops the individual treatment plan. Is responsible for providing individual professional input and addressing the social aspect of the patient's situation. Counseling: Conducts therapeutic counseling in accordance with specific guidelines and handles crises at an advanced clinical counseling practice level, regularly without supervision. Serves as therapist/counselor with individuals and in group therapy sessions. Observes and documents behavior and reaction patterns of patients to be utilized by other staff professionals and /or the multidisciplinary treatment team, and final disposition for follow-up. Outpatient/Aftercare: The incumbent is responsible for independently developing, organizing, and implementing a wide variety of outpatient aftercare treatment for patients and their collateral's. The incumbent is independently responsible for developing and implement methods to motivate veterans to attend aftercare and /or participate in the outpatient program. Aftercare planning is coordinated with the multidisciplinary treatment team to provide continuity in the transition from residential treatment to the outpatient component (including CBOC).Consultations: The incumbent provides consultations to physicians and other professionals with the Healthcare System to assess the patient's appropriateness for admission into the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation component of treatment. Referral to Service Providers: Throughout the course of treatment the incumbent is the subject matter expert on VA and/or community resources. The incumbent will collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the veteran's needs. The incumbent is responsible for educating the veteran and /or caregiver of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. Coordination of non-institutional and institutional services: The incumbent will review the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of each veteran being referred for mental health services. The incumbent will educate the veteran, their families and the team of all the options available to them and will collaborate with the veteran and family on the preferred option . Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 730 a.m.- 4:00 p,m. Telework: No Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #: 000000/ Social Worker Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized. 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.