Is a professional social worker assigned to the VA Montana Health Care System Ambulatory Care Clinics and Home and Community Based Services. Must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of Veterans. Social Work responsibilities include the assessment of psychosocial problems often at a time when the Veteran is experiencing crisis and include the provision of short-term, solution focused counseling with Veterans and/or their families. (1) Must have a high level of skill and expertise to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans in the Ambulatory Care Clinic and/or their families. The incumbent 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. (2) 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. (3) Must actively participate as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and actively participate through collaboration with Veterans and family as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members in the development and implementation of treatment goals and interventions. (4) Must possess a working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology. (5) Must facilitate action for community placements through collaboration with Veterans and their families as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members to ensure that appropriate community placements are completed in a timely manner. Community placements can involve but are not limited to referrals to contract nursing homes, Community Living Centers, residential care homes, inpatient and outpatient hospice services. (6) Must participate in development, implementation, and monitoring of contracts with Nursing Homes, including site visits and review of medical records. The incumbent will act as a liaison to the Nursing Home interdisciplinary treatment team members to support adherence to treatment and aftercare planning. (7) Must serve as a liaison between Veterans and/or their families and VA and community resources in order to ensure thorough delivery of services. (8) Must support other programs in community outreach and home visits when deemed appropriate for service delivery or safety concerns (e.g. Care Giver Support Program). (9) Must possess knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide educational classes, and/or supportive groups for Veterans and families. Work Schedule: M-F 8:00am to 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.