The incumbent will provide clinical social work services to veterans in the primary care clinics. This position is located in Spokane Washington; Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, Montana; and/or Wenatchee specialty clinic program activities within the Medical Center and at the Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The incumbent provides direct patient care and professional services to an adult population of veterans. This position requires travel for a week at a time, sometimes 2-3 times a month. The social worker will participate in the screening of veterans for appropriate services/programs. This will include assessment of individual veteran's presenting problems, strengths, family support and availability of resources. Demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all adult patients including geriatric patients related to their physical limitations, psychological needs and age associated illnesses and conditions. The incumbent must have an understanding of the problems of advancing age and respect for the diversification of the aging veteran population, being sensitive to human growth and development, age-appropriate needs and concerns of the geriatric veteran, and be able to provide current and advanced techniques to the treatment of this veteran population. Duties will include: Develop effective treatment plans after conducting a comprehensive psychosocial assessment, within required timeframes, utilizing tools and methods as required for the assigned program area. The social worker will independently take appropriate actions, even in instances where agency actions can have serious impact on the life of the person served. This may include recommendations for involvement of the court system or protective care agencies, community placement, long term institutional or nursing home care or others. The social worker will collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the veteran's needs for referral to appropriate services. The social worker is responsible for using the current social work resource file of VA and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of veterans. The social worker will refer the veteran to needed services. The social worker is responsible for using the current social work resource file of VA and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of veterans. The social worker will refer the veteran to needed services. Social worker will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the veteran/family. Social worker is experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans. Social worker has access to multiple resource directories to meet the demands of a crisis. In the event of a medical or psychiatric emergency, staff will follow the established protocol of the program. Social Worker will process alleged abuse cases according to policy. The social worker ensures that the Chief, Patient & Community Care Service, is kept informed of any concerns with either patients or community facilities. Social worker provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, health care planning, and will refer veterans/families to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs. Social worker is responsible to participate in coordination of referrals to non institutional care services in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team members. Social worker will provide the veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling and will assist patients/families in coping and dealing with the loss and grief experienced in disability, terminal illness and death. The social worker will establish and maintain positive working relationships with employees, volunteers, consumers and stakeholders within the VA and outside community agencies. Additional duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 6:30am to 5:00pm Compressed/Flexible: Yes Telework: May be available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.