Senior Social Workers assigned to the Behavioral Health Service or Social Work Service are licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Assignment location may be at any facility included in VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System which includes campuses in Biloxi, Mississippi, Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Eglin, FL, and Panama City in Florida. If you ARE NOT a current, permanent VA employee you should apply to CBST-11114692-21-DW. This is an Open Continuous Announcement until 9/30/201. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred on a rotating basis until a selection is made or until 9/30/2021. Duties include but are not limited to: The Social Worker independently performs case finding functions and outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs. The Social Worker independently conducts psychosocial assessments. The Social Worker independently diagnoses Veterans according to the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or other recognized diagnostic manuals of mental disorders. He/She develops treatment plans in collaboration with the Veteran and/or family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. He/She coordinates community-based services, including information and referral to or from other VA programs, government programs, and community agency programs. The Social Worker has knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. The Social Worker establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and their families. The Social Worker provides consultation services to VA staff regarding the psychosocial needs of the Veterans and the impact of their problems on their health and adherence to their treatment plan. The Social Worker uses word processing software to execute several office automation functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files; activating printers; inserting and deleting text, formatting letters, reports, and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving e-mail. The Social Worker documents independently in CPRS electronic medical records, including psychosocial assessments, diagnostics, treatment, progress notes, follow up and referrals. The Social Worker has general knowledge of Veterans' benefits and services relating to special programs, service-connected compensation, and non-service-connected pension. He/She facilitates referrals as needed. The Social Worker serves as a Social Work Service representative on Service and facility committees/work groups/task forces, and on community agency boards as assigned. It is the responsibility of the Social Worker to develop a treatment plan with the Veteran based on this assessment. The Social Worker interviews and conducts psychosocial assessments to establish Veteran's treatment needs, presenting problems, and DSM V diagnoses. The Social Worker is expected to be familiar with and abide by all VA Directives, Station Memorandum and Professional Standards Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-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.