The Social Worker within Mental Health/Psychiatry Service is assigned to the 5 East Inpatient Mental Health Unit at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. Duties of the Social Worker of the Mental Health/Psychiatry Service, assigned to the 5 East Inpatient Mental Health Unit, are to include, but not limited to: Provide psychosocial assessments (via the Psychiatry Inpatient Assessment), treatment planning (via Psychiatry Inpatient Treatment Plan), Comprehensive Suicide Risk Evaluation when clinically indicated per policy, individual and family therapeutic interventions, educational groups, care coordination and discharge planning services to veterans admitted to inpatient psychiatry at the Richard L. Roudebush VAMC. In collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the Inpatient Psychiatry Social Worker ensures that the veterans' transition efficiently from an inpatient level of care to the appropriate discharge level of care. By involving and educating the veterans and their families/caregivers, if available, throughout the inpatient episode and the discharge process, the Inpatient Psychiatry Social Worker optimizes the social supports available to the veteran to promote maximum safety, recovery and functioning. Completes a psychosocial assessment and develops a multi-disciplinary treatment plan. Independently screens and assesses the veteran's psychosocial needs, mental health/substance abuse treatment needs, and barriers in order to facilitate his or her discharge from the hospital. Through collaborative relationships with the interdisciplinary team, the veteran, his or her family/caregiver, and other VA programs and VA staff, the Inpatient Psychiatry Social Worker coordinates the gathering of information vital to the process of setting appropriate treatment, follow-up medical care, mental health/substance abuse treatment, and discharge time frames.Advocate for the hospitalized veteran to ensure that he or she has access to all needed care and resources within VA and in the community. By availing the veteran of his or her choices in complex decisions and by guiding the veteran through complicated enrollment procedures and bureaucratic processes, the Inpatient Psychiatry Social Worker facilitates the best possible outcome for the veteran. When appropriate and feasible, the Inpatient Psychiatry Social Worker will educate and encourage the veteran and his or her family/caregiver to advocate on his/her own behalf, fostering independence and empowerment. As needed, when a patient on the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit needs to access the Marion County Court for a scheduled court hearing (e.g., psychiatric commitment hearing), the Inpatient Psychiatry Social Worker will take the lead in arranging transportation, and may be responsible to function as an incidental driver, transporting the patient to court in a GSA vehicle, along with nursing staff escort(s). The frequency of such incidental driving cannot be predicted, but will be at the rate of Inpatient Psychiatry Unit patients who need transported to court during the course of inpatient admission, pre-discharge. Prior to being allowed to conduct incidental driving. Participate in mitigating any medical or psychiatric crises arising in a hospitalized veteran, within the scope of social work practice, and may either participate in the collaborative development of, or reinforce the already established content of, Suicide Prevention Safety Plans, to minimize the event of future crises. The Inpatient Psychiatry Social Worker can facilitate veteran and/or family/caregiver interventions and meetings as necessary to facilitate patient safety, compliance with recommended treatment, and successful outpatient follow up. As needed, the Inpatient Psychiatry Social Worker will complete Suicide Behavior and Overdose Reports (SBOR) and/or Comprehensive Suicide Risk Evaluation (CSRE), if/when clinically indicated and per policy, to ensure follow up case review by the Suicide Prevention Program. Provide education about VA and community resources, entitlement programs, VA benefits and Advance Directives/Living Wills, completing the advanced directive or living will as requested. The Inpatient Psychiatry Social Worker will refer veterans and their families/caregivers to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs. Provide the hospitalized veteran and his or her family/caregivers with time-limited, supportive counseling, with the intent of assisting the veteran and family/caregivers in coping with the psychosocial impact of chronic and disabling illnesses, the onset of medical and psychiatric illnesses, bereavement issues, and domestic violence. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, either 07:30am-4:00pm or 08:00am-4:30pm. Determination to be made upon selection Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Incentives are not authorized for this vacancy. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598519500
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