The Battle Creek VA Medical Center is recruiting for a Social Worker. The Social Worker will function in the Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program (MHICM) for the Social Work Service. The Social Worker is part of a multidisciplinary case management team, and serves, in the community, those Veterans with severe and persistent mental illness who have frequent or long-term hospitalizations. The client population's illness is chronic in nature, refractory to resolution and requires monitoring to maintain stability. The Social Worker will individually tailor services to meet the needs of the veterans and deliver them on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting. The Social Worker will assure continuity of care by using a team approach and sharing responsibilities. The duties of the Social Worker include, but are not limited to: Participates in the admission/screening process by interviewing patients and/or other stakeholders and completing intake data collection with purpose of establishing treatment for Severely Mentally ILL (SMI) psychiatric disorders in a case management setting. This may include obtaining psychosocial history, maintaining data sheets, completing elevated risk screens, answering consults, and developing discharge planning assessments. Participates in or facilitates selected supportive groups related to the treatment of specific SMI psychiatric disorders, conducts individual counseling and other social work privileged functions independently or under supervision as professional license dictates. May conduct psycho educational activities following professionally prepared resource guides. Functions as a primary manager (case manager) for many Veterans on a prescribed caseload of SMI Veterans. This includes preparation and implementation of treatment plans developed in concert with the incumbent's multidisciplinary team. Acts as a liaison between staff, Veteran and stakeholders in the development and review of treatments plans. Participates in periodic review of ongoing treatment of patients under the care of the MHICM team. Provides ongoing documentation of patient's progress using a behavioral framework using SOAP format where S-subjective input, O-behavioral observation, A-clinical assessment, P-collaborative plan. Help Veterans (1) adjust to current living situation, (2) explore areas of deficit in activities of daily living, (3) provide and/or arrange skill building educational activities (4) explore areas of psychosocial conflicts or trauma seeking resolution or psychological stability (maintenance) by using a "Recovery Model" based approach. Uses supportive/facilitative techniques with Veterans and their stakeholders to help them better communicate with each other and, when necessary, help confront problem behaviors. Acts as a resource and liaison person to public and private providers and agencies to assure continuity of care and appropriate referrals for Veterans and their stakeholders as levels of care change. Conducts or assists in carrying out planned QA studies or research projects. Documents social work interventions and activities in patient's clinical record utilizing CPRS and ensure appropriate hand off when transferring of patient care. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Tour may be modified or extended based on the needs of the Veteran or facility.) 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.