The incumbent will provide Substance Use Disorder Social Work services to the veteran population enrolled at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center and other VA community based outpatient clinics aligned with the medical center. Services include provision of high quality case management, clinical treatment, family, individual, and group therapy, advocacy, and aftercare groups for continuing support. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: The social worker will 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, formulate a diagnosis, and lay the foundation for the treatment plan, if necessary. The incumbent demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for substance abuse therapy for all adult patients. The incumbent must have an understanding of the factors and causes of substance abuse as well as the problems related to this disorder. The incumbent must have the knowledge to accurately diagnose the different types of substance abuse and dependence. The incumbent will be able to utilize assessment tools and assessment methods in order to best serve the veteran. It is the responsibility of the social worker, working within the interdisciplinary treatment team to develop a treatment plan with the veteran based on this assessment. The initial assessment will be completed as specified by the policy for the assigned work area. An initial patient assessment is required as well as reassessments as defined in policy. The social worker is responsible for developing the treatment plan, and setting achievable and measurable treatment goals with the veteran/family. The treatment plan will take into account the veteran's strengths and weaknesses. The incumbent will factor in the biopsychosocial needs of the veteran. The treatment plan will be completed by the patient's third visit for mental health services. The plan will be updated as defined by policy depending on the services utilized by the veteran. The social worker is responsible for using the current social work resource file of VA and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of veterans. The social worker will refer the veteran to needed services as determined by veteran's needed level of care. The social worker understands the intimidation of bureaucracy and will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the veteran/family. When appropriate and feasible, social worker will educate and encourage the veteran/family to advocate on own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. The social worker is experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to residential and dual disorder inpatient programs and detoxification services. The social worker has access to multiple resource directories in addition to previously developed resources to meet the demands of a crisis. In the event of a medical or psychiatric emergency, social worker will assess the veteran's needs, and the appropriate placement will be made in accordance with policy and procedure. The social worker provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will and will refer veterans/families to the appropriate service provider for identified health education needs. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM 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.