Addiction Therapist assigned to the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) primary assignments will be the Medial Center's Substance Abuse Recovery Program (SARP), a specialized Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program (IOP) within the MHSL. The incumbent is a member of an interdisciplinary team that provides treatment to patients with a diagnosis of substance use disorder (SUD); patients may also have coexisting medical and other psychiatric conditions/problems. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Must hold a master's degree or higher in drug and alcohol studies or related behavioral health field from an accredited college or university. Licensure. Must possess a full, current and unrestricted license in a jurisdiction for independent practice in the field of Alcohol and Drug Treatment. Grade Determinations For GS 11: Experience. One year of creditable experience comparable to the next lower grade (GS 09). And In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): 1) Skill to independently complete assessments of substance use disorders, treatment planning and continued care planning. 2) Skill to apply the principles, concepts and methods of counseling and therapies used in the treatment of individuals with SUDs. 3) Skill to collaborate and consult on medical or other psychiatric disorders as interrelated to SUDs. 4) Ability to apply various community-based recovery programs and resources in a treatment plan. Preferred Experience: None References: VA Directive 5005/155, Part II, Appendix G-76, Addiction Therapist (Licensed Master's) (LMAT). GS-11 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 11. Physical Requirements: VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Service ["Documentation/Case Management: Responsible to comply with all documentation policies, procedures, and protocols consistent with program or other applicable documentation requirements. Establishes, maintains, and updates all computerized records on patients as required by the medical center. Attends SARP interdisciplinary treatment planning meetings and completes treatment plans ensuring that treatment plans are accurate, complete, and updated at required intervals. Evaluates patient's records on recurring basis to assess the current condition and progress. Opiate Agonist Therapy Protocol: Provide direct services to patients receiving OAT/methadone, including assisting pharmacy personnel in the monitoring of methadone dispensing. Consult and submit request to physician for approval for increases/decreases of patient's dosages according to identified treatment needs. Supervises the collection of and screening of random urinalysis and breath alcohol content (BAC) as control intervention for treatment. Assists with process of screening OAT applicants; serves as back-up point of contact for OAT applicants requesting transfer or guest dosing from other OAT clinics. Aftercare Services: Provide a complete spectrum of outpatient aftercare substance abuse services to include, but not limited to, individual, group, and family substance use disorder counseling/psychoeducational interventions, PTSD stabilization counseling and referrals. May serve as back-up point of contact for aftercare referrals from VISN 5 inpatient SUD programs. Liaison/Public Relations: Function as a contact between Federal and State agencies, community/area agencies, organizations, and officials as regards to outpatient treatment of veterans with SUD's, aftercare, rehabilitation, follow-up, and placement of patients discharged from the IOP. Work Schedule: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time Compressed/Flexible: No Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is NOT a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.