The Senior Social Worker position within the West Texas VA HCS (WTVAHCS) is administratively within the Behavioral Health Service Line. The incumbent will provide face-to-face and/or telemental health (e.g., VA Video Connect) services to Veterans across WTVAHCS sites of care. This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date is 5/3/2021. Additional applications will be referred as needed. Clinical Responsibilities: 1. Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services, including assessment, and uses the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. 2. Performs evaluations for wide array of patients representing diverse diagnostic entities. 3. Provides evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, as indicated and appropriate for the specific setting and duties of the incumbent, which may include individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation. 4. Providers education to patients, family members, and significant others regarding mental disorders and best practices approaches to treatment. 5. Fully and continually assesses mental health disorders and symptom changes, using psychological screenings and assessments. 6. Routinely implements goal-oriented and measurement-based care into practice, using data to inform treatment decisions. 7. Provides in-person and/or telemental health modalities, such as Clinical Video Teleconferencing (CVT) or VA Video Connect (VVC). 8. Complies with all Behavioral Health Service documentation requirements, including standards for timely completion of CPRS patient contact notes, use of required documentation templates, clinical reminders, treatment plans, risk assessment protocols, and proper patient checkout procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes). 9. Follows service and VA guidelines (e.g., using designated note templates) for delivering and documenting care delivery. 10. Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients. 11. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. 12. Provides consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for patients to ensure that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the WTVAHCS. 13. Adheres to all WTVAHCS and Behavioral Health Service policies and practices for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to risk assessment and reduction practices for potentially dangerous behavior (suicide and violence), timeliness of care and access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation conventions. 14. Functions independently as a member of the VA HCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. Administrative Responsibilities: 1. Participates as an active Mental Health Clinic team member. 2. Adheres to all service policies and procedures established by Behavioral Health Leadership. 3. Complies with all WTVAHCS and VHA policies and expectations concerning administrative practices, including but not limited to leave authorization, documentation, and completing TMS educational requirements. 4. Complies with national and local performance measures (e.g., SAIL) and facilitates organizational success on these measures at the section or program level. 5. Assists in the selection, training, and supervision staff at lower grade within assigned program area, Behavioral Health Service, or WTVAHCS, as needed. 6. Coordinates with Behavioral Health Leadership and the local EBP Coordinator to ensure EBP programming is well-integrated and coordinated within the broader system. 7. Assists Behavioral Health Leadership in executing ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program. 8. Attends regular Behavioral Health meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with peer review procedures. 9. Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by Behavioral Health and other VA Leadership. 10. Completes annual surveys. 11. Maintains current knowledge of and practices in accordance with The Joint Commission (TJC), Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), or other accrediting or governing body requirements. 12. Protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with provisions of Federal privacy acts and confidentiality statutes. Follows regulations and instructions regarding release of sensitive or protected patient or employee information. - Other responsibilities as assigned by Behavioral Health Service Leadership. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598693100
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.