Bay Pines VA Medical Center is a general medical and surgical facility, classified as Level 1A Complexity. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and limited research. Providing comprehensive healthcare through primary care, mental health and long-term care. This position is located in Social Work Service of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. Incumbent will provide services at Port Charlotte Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The duties and responsibilities are carried throughout the HealthCare Center including all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the services. This position provides case-appropriate professional social work services for Veterans and families/significant others in the Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC) in compliance with VA, VISN, station, and Social Work policies and memorandums. The HBPC Social Worker provides a range of advanced interventions consistent with training and expertise, with special emphasis on brief and evidenced-based interventions found to be effective in home care settings: facilitating patient and family education appropriate to primary care in the home and specific to those that are home bound and providing consultation services for primary care providers to maximize the effectiveness of their interventions in reducing health-risk behaviors and enhancing health-promoting behaviors, with a significant emphasis on a prevention-oriented model of care. The HBPC Social Worker has knowledge of Veterans' benefits and services relating to VA benefits and non-institutional programs and facilitates referrals based upon Veterans' needs and eligibility and consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues to include patient's decision-making capacity regarding health care. The incumbent develops person-centered, culturally sensitive plans to address the needs of the patient. Clinical functions include, but are not limited to: Independently performs case finding functions and outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs. Must utilize knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups in the outpatient mental health clinic. Social Workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. Must have knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of the environment, society, and culture. Independently assesses the psychosocial functioning and needs of individuals and families from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds and is able to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, needs, abilities, preferences, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team. Works with patients and families who are experiencing a basic emotional, medical, and social problems, utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills. Uses basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities and ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. Uses judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. Serves as liaison to community agencies and networks with agency representatives. Coordinates community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and their families. Independently work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing individual, group and family counseling and therapy skills. Independently identifies high-risk patients and provides case management services. Provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint, coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members. Utilizes working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. May serve on committees, councils, workgroups, and/or task forces. He/She obtains and/or participates in continuing education. Independently provides consultation services to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of Veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to treatment plan. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm 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.