This position is located within the Mental Health Service, Albany VA Medical Center. This position provides broad support to the Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC), Mental Health Service Line, Social Work Service Line, and medical center as a whole. The Suicide Prevention Case Manager Social Worker (SPCM) provides case management/care coordination/enhanced supportive services to the Veteran population served by Albany Stratton VA Medical Center (persons enrolled and not yet enrolled). 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: Social Worker Citizenship: US Citizen Education: Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the School of Social Work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a Master of Social Work. Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: Creditable Experience: The candidate must have knowledge of current professional social work practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice. The experience or education must be post-Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. Experience and education satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional social worker, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board. Social Worker GS-11 Experience and Licensure: Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. NOTE: For appointment licensure or certification at this level must be Unrestricted, at the Independent Practice Level, with the ability to work independently. OR Education: In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Assignments: This is the full performance level. Social workers at this level are licensed or certified to independently practice social work. Duties include but are not limited to assessing and documenting identified behaviors or symptoms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and/or intimate partner violence; use of clinical social work skills and knowledge to maintain Veteran privacy and confidentiality per policies, handbooks or directives; and acts as an advocate with appropriate VA and community service providers and agencies when it serves the best interest of the Veteran and family members/caregiver. Incumbent independently assesses the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, identifying the Veteran's strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and psychosocial acuity. In collaboration with the Veteran, family/caregiver, and interdisciplinary treatment team, the social worker facilitates the delivery of health care services. The social worker identifies family/caregiver stressors, conducts assessment and provides specific interventions. The incumbent provides case management and care coordination to facilitate appropriate delivery of health care services, incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of Veterans, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. The social worker links the Veteran with services, resources, and opportunities, in order to maximize the Veteran's independence, health, and well-being. The social worker conducts timely assessment of at-risk Veterans in crisis to identify immediate needs, evaluate risk, and initiate safety plan as appropriate. The social worker provides interventions independently with Veterans and their families/caregivers who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, behavioral health, financial, legal, and psychosocial problems. They provide a range of interventions and treatment modalities which may include individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy. They independently formulate and implement a treatment plan including measurable, achievable goals identifying the Veterans' needs, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and psychosocial acuity. Social workers serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility and VISN level or in the community. They provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of Veterans offering professional opinions based on experience, expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. The social worker establishes and maintains ongoing education programs for Veterans, community agencies, students, and staff, to facilitate understanding of social work interventions specific to the Veteran/Military population. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. Work is sedentary but also demands standing, walking, bending, twisting, and carrying light items. Work Environment: Describe Physical Demands of the Position. Work is performed in an office/clinic setting with minimal risks that requires normal safety precautions; the area is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. However, the work environment requires someone with the ability to handle several tasks at once in sometimes stressful situations ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Lists the major duties and responsibilities of the position: Clinical Functions: 1. Supporting the identification of Veterans at high-risk, coordination of enhanced care when indicated and education of providers, veterans, families and community agencies/individuals on the risk factors, warning signs for suicide and treatment options. 2. Providing VA case management/clinical interventions and care coordination services. 3. Utilize referrals and supportive contacts in an effort to enhance overall quality of life issues for at-risk/crisis, involved Veterans and their families. 4. Provide and/or coordinate weekly clinical contact for all Veterans upon initial placement of the high risk alert in CPRS, including those veterans who were identified as high risk for suicide during a hospitalization, for the first thirty days post discharge from an inpatient unit. 5. Provide monthly contact for Veterans deemed at high-risk for suicide per national guidelines. 6. Collaborate with treating providers regarding placement and maintenance of the high risk alert in CPRS. 7. Collaborate and coordinate with inpatient providers to ensure discharge follow up as per national guidelines. 8. Maintain caseload and perform psychotherapy focused on reducing risk, development of coping skills and providing case management. 9. Work with the SPC and clinical staff to ensure that Safety Plans are in place and updated accordingly for all Veterans identified as being at a high risk for suicide. 10. Respond to Veteran Crisis Line referrals and internal facility calls regarding suicidal/crisis-involved Veterans. 11. Participate in administrative committees associated with the tracking and monitoring of high-risk veterans and serving as back-up to the Suicide Prevention Coordinator and other Suicide Prevention Case Managers, as needed. 12. Track all suicide attempts in conjunction with SPC 13. Collaborate with providers regarding protocol and follow up for no-show appointments of Veterans identified as high risk for suicide. 14. Obtain necessary privacy releases (Releases of Information) to allow transmittal of facility data on suicide attempts and individuals at risk for suicide and transmitting the data following cyber security requirements as applicable for this sensitive data as needed. 15. Assist Veterans who encounter problems obtaining services from the VA and other service delivery agencies through advocacy, linking, and/or by assisting with their problem solving/social interaction skills. 16. Conduct comprehensive psychosocial assessments, assessing the strengths and challenges of the Veteran, including mental health and substance abuse issues. 17. Provide case management, encouraging and educating the Veteran and supportive others about identify coping strategies, resources, personal strengths and crisis management skills in an effort to reduce high risk psycho-social factors. Administrative Functions 1. Develop and implement an ongoing education plan for providers, Veterans, families and members of the community on risk factors, warning signs for suicide and treatment options in conjunction with SPC 2. Maintain knowledge of: State and federal reporting requirements for child and elder abuse, endangerment of handicapped or disabled persons, domestic violence/intimate partner violence, and deficiencies in the operations of licensed community facilities. VA reporting requirements regarding patient incidents or irregular events involving facilities or agencies having contracts or formal agreements with VA. VA resources, benefits, and administrative procedures, Community agencies and resources available to Veteran clients, and their families. 3. Maintain knowledge of and practice short-term and long-term case management and care coordination methods and techniques. 4. Contribute to program evaluation efforts by collecting and managing clinical and administrative data. 5. Participate in community outreach as assigned and appropriate for the role, providing information on Suicide Prevention, guidance on access to the VA, and education regarding VA and community based programming. 6. Receive and complete consults requesting services from interdisciplinary team members throughout the medical center and from other mental health professionals. 7. Other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 21W20-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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