The Inpatient Acute Psychiatry social worker is a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team whose responsibilities include psychosocial assessment, case management, supportive counseling, assisting in treatment plan development, discharge planning including coordination of care with outpatient services, and facilitating family/significant others/caregivers involvement in treatment. Develop an assessment of the veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment 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 in order to optimize the veteran's functional status. Demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all adult patients including geriatric patients related to their physical limitations, psychological needs and age associated illnesses and conditions. Must have an understanding of the problems of advancing age and respect for the diversification of the aging veteran population, being sensitive to human growth and development, age-appropriate needs and concerns of the geriatric veteran, and be able to provide current and advanced techniques to the treatment of this veteran population. Working within the interdisciplinary treatment team to develop a treatment plan with the veteran based on this assessment. The initial assessment will be completed during the initial encounter with the patient. A reassessment is required annually or more frequently if there is a change in the patient's life plan. Collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the veteran's needs. 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 their surrogate decision-maker .Responsible for using the current social work resource file of VA and community social service programs enhancing the content to the benefit of veterans. Understands the intimidation of bureaucracy and will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the veteran/family. Experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs. Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will, and will refer veterans/families to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs. Review the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of each veteran, being referred for mental health services. Provide the veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling. Enter all veteran/family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats and templates. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm
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.