This Social Worker is assigned to the Suicide Prevention Programs at VA Puget Sound Health Care System located in Tacoma, Washington. with responsibility to provide direct services for Veterans, their families and caregivers. VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) is a Complexity Level 1a Facility and provides extensive primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary care in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and community settings. Duties may vary based on what positions are currently being offered. Examples of some of these duties may include: Transitioning Servicemember/Veteran (TSM/V) Case Management Assesses the psychosocial functioning and needs of TSM/Vs and their family members, identifying the TSM/V's strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and psychosocial acuity Provides case management to facilitate appropriate delivery of health care services Links the TSM/V with services, resources, benefits and opportunities, in order to maximize the TSM/V's independence, health, well-being and successful transition from the military to civilian life Conducts timely assessment of at-risk TSM/Vs in crisis to identify immediate needs, evaluate risk, initiate safety plan and connect to additional services, as appropriate Consultation/Community Integration Provides social work consultation about the psychosocial needs of program clients to staff (team staff, new social workers, trainees, etc.) and TASC community partners. This includes coordinating treatment and communicating with other services to facilitate continuity of care for TSM/Vs Acts as an advocate with appropriate VA and community service providers and agencies when it serves the best interest of the TSM/V and family members/caregiver Serves on committees, work groups, and task forces aligned with the TASC mission Case Management Provides case management and clinical services within the TASC and partnered entities. Social Worker also works within the Suicide Prevention Team to manage current Veterans flagged as high risk for suicide to ensure follow ups are completed, safety planning is completed, and flags are reviewed in accordance with national guidelines Transitioning Servicemember/Veteran Mental Health Clinical Services Identifies family/caregiver stressors, conducts assessment and provides specific mental health interventions Provides clinical services by incorporating complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of TSM/Vs, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice Provides interventions independently with TSM/Vs and their families/caregivers who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, behavioral health, financial, legal, and psychosocial problems related to the transition from military to civilian life Formulates and implements a treatment plan including measurable, achievable goals identifying the TSM/Vs' needs, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and psychosocial acuity Participates in provision of psychologically therapeutic services within the TASC and within other programs or clinics as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team Educational Programming Establishes and maintains ongoing education programs for TSM/Vs, community agencies, students, and staff, to facilitate understanding of TASC programs/interventions specific to TSM/Vs. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 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.