This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Social Worker, Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP), conducts mental health assessments and treatment plans, provides consultation to inpatient wards, primary care, and behavioral health providers to assess eligibility and appropriate level of care for Veterans in need of services. Incumbent provides direct therapy to individuals, families, couples and groups in order to treat depression, anxiety, dual diagnosis disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other serious psychiatric disorders. Incumbent will work closely with the Substance Abuse Treatment Program, PTSD program, OEF/OIF and other behavioral health services to ensure a seamless transition to appropriate services for Veterans. The Social Worker (BHIP) provides crisis intervention as needed for Veterans in behavioral health in the outpatient setting. Duties include but are limited to the following: Must have a high level of skill and expertise to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and/or their families. The Social Worker (BHIP) is able to independently work with Veterans and their families who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, and psychosocial problems. Must independently complete thorough psychosocial assessments to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their families. The incumbent must be able to utilize this assessment in facilitating the Veteran's maximum use of treatment for attainment of the highest level of independence that is possible and practicable. Must actively participate as a member of an BHIP treatment team and actively participate through collaboration with Veterans and family as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members, including but not limited to Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Psychologists, Social Workers, RNs, Peer Support Specialists and Administrative Support staff, in the development and implementation of a treatment plan. Must possess a working knowledge and experience in use of mental health and substance abuse diagnoses and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses. Must facilitate discharge planning through collaboration with Veterans and their families as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members to ensure that appropriate discharge plans are executed in a timely manner. Must serve as a liaison between Veterans and/or their families and VA and community resources in order to ensure thorough delivery of services Must possess knowledge and ability to independently implement empirically supported treatment modalities, provide counseling and/or supportive groups for Veterans and families. Must provide consultation and education to Veterans and their families regarding community resources, VA benefits, specialty programs, and advance directives. This includes the incumbent's knowledge of the process for accessing and/or coordinating community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs, and community programs. Must be available to provide consultation to other treatment team and staff members regarding psychosocial needs of Veterans and/or their families and the impact of the identified psychosocial problems on the Veteran's health care planning, compliance with treatment, and discharge planning. Must possess skills and knowledge to provide case management services to Veterans and their families throughout the continuum of care. Must possess and demonstrate ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with people from varied backgrounds. Must provide emergency/crisis intervention services to outpatients experiencing acute psychological crises, helping to stabilize these individuals, assisting in the referral arrangements for transfer to a psychiatric facility for inpatient care if necessary and providing follow up care as needed. Is responsible for supporting the mission, policies, and procedures of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the appropriate Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and the facility. Is able to provide assistance with the orientation and learning of less experienced social workers and to serve as a preceptor for social work students when appropriate. Is able to maintain a level of productivity and quality consistent with the complexity of the assignment and consistent with Social Work standards, Joint Commission standards, and facility standards. Is able to document in the Veteran's electronic medical record chart (CPRS) and complete a thorough assessment and treatment plan in Mental Health Suite. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required ***NOTICE: This position will be filled as a LPMHC, LMFT, Social Worker or Psychologist.
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.