The Social Worker, Mental Health Clinic (MHC), works within the Mental Health & Neurosciences Division at the VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. The VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is a Complexity 1a Facility is a multi-site medical system that includes a major medical facility in Portland, Oregon, outpatient and residential facilities in Vancouver, Washington, and 10 CBOCs. The Social Worker, Mental Health Clinic (MHC) will provide Mental Health services to the Veteran population at a location of the VA Portland Health Care System. Clinical services include provision of high-quality case management, psychosocial assessment, counseling, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies as needed by the Veteran. This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the Mental Health Division or other interdisciplinary treatment teams as appropriate. Duties include, but are not limited to the following: Develops an assessment of the Veteran independently and/or in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the Veteran, family members, and significant others. Provides goal planning, evaluation, and intervention with serious and complicated, highly diverse cases involving substance abuse and psychiatric illness. Demonstrates an understanding of current and advanced techniques to the treatment of this Veteran population related to their physical limitations, psychological needs, psychiatric conditions, environmental needs and age associated illnesses and conditions. Develops or contributes to the development of the mental health treatment plan and then setting achievable treatment goals with the Veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Documents in compliance with appropriate documentation standards. The social worker consistently maintains an acceptable level of productivity per guidelines which may include special assignments. Collaborates with other service providers in reassessing the Veteran's needs. The social worker is responsible for educating the Veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assisting them with appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker related to mental health issues, or the team's evaluation. Responsible for using current social work resources and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of Veterans. Understands the challenges of bureaucracy and will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the Veteran/family. Experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for various types of crisis including housing and financial emergencies, psychiatric relapse, potential suicide and other high-risk behaviors/situations. The social worker will assess for suicidality and self- harm and provide appropriate intervention including but not limited to safety planning. Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Wills and will refer Veterans/families to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member/VA provider for identified health education needs. Reviews the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths, limitations and needs of each Veteran being referred for mental health services. Establishes and maintains regular liaison with care providers to Veterans in local community agencies and facilities (hospitals, clinic, etc) for the purpose of coordinated care, when indicated. Educates the Veteran, the family and the team of all the options available to them and will collaborate with the Veteran and family on the preferred option. Provides Veterans with psychotherapy. The purpose of such counseling is to deal with the psychosocial impact of coping with chronic/disabling psychiatric illness (es), onset of a catastrophic illness and to promote psychiatric wellness. The social worker has the ability to independently provide psychotherapy to individuals and families as well group therapy. The social worker performs as a highly developed professional, with knowledge and experience that is required in working with the full range for Axis I and Axis II disorders, including chronic and severe mental illness, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorders and dual diagnosis. Provides comprehensive case management services that include, but are not limited to, assistance with housing, income and benefits, community programs/services and VA programs and/or will provide placement assistance to ensure the Veteran's care needs are being met. Attends all appropriate staff meetings (interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, social work staff meetings, MHC staff meetings, other committees as appropriate, etc.) and perform other administrative duties as required. When applicable, the social worker has the ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. They also have the ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm Telework Eligible: For highly qualified candidates and will be coordinated by the hiring Supervisor. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599570400
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.