The Syracuse VAMC social worker program coordinator for the Suicide Prevention Program is a full-time position aligned under Behavioral Health Careline/ICC. The Syracuse VAMC has a large behavioral health service located in a highly complex (complexity level 1) VA facility, covering thirteen (13) counties and including seven (7) CBOCs. The Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) is the Coordinator of the Syracuse VA Suicide Prevention Program. Uses his/her professional expertise to collaborate, develop, revise, and enforce policies related to national and local suicide prevention efforts. Provides education and clinical training for VA staff as well as coordinates and provides outreach in the community to educate Veterans and the community at large regarding suicide risk, VA care and services. Oversees the local Veterans Crisis line responses and directs clinical care for Veterans at increased risk for suicide. Acts as a clinical consultant to other medical center staff regarding routine and acute psychiatric related issues where the threat of suicide may be a factor. Completes all issue briefs related to self-directed violence (on site attempts, serious community attempts and completions). Point of Contact (POC) for all suicide behavior tracking and performance improvement activities including but not limited to aggregate reviews and performance measures related to suicide prevention efforts. Delegated and authorized to provide urban and rural outreach and training for staff in CBOC's and the community at large regarding the risk factors that contribute to Veteran suicides. Plans, develops, implements, and oversees all components of the Suicide Prevention Program. Responsible for the multiple programs and initiatives that fall under the suicide prevention arena. Responsibility for tracking and reporting all suicide attempts and completions at the facility. Expert to other BVAC Chiefs and Team Leaders to assist in the implementation of new processes/practices to improve outcomes related to suicide prevention. Exclusively controls the Category I Patient Record Flag (PRF) as it relates to suicide and limiting its use to patients who meet the criteria for being placed on the facility high risk list. Maintains the list of patients who have a Category I Patient Record Flag for suicide and reviewing the list at least every 90 days. Responsible for managing and overseeing the aggregate suicide Root Cause Analyses (RCAs) that relate to suicide attempts and completions. Assigns work to Suicide Prevention Case Managers to assure all parts of the PRF process are completed in timely manner. Establishes relationships with local and state suicide prevention organizations, local crisis line organizations, and local Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs). Participation on local community councils to represent the VA and VHA suicide prevention efforts. Responsible for monitoring and improvement activities for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) performance monitors and measures related to Suicide Prevention to assure the benchmarks are met. Identifies unmet needs of Veterans who are at risk for suicide. Managing the daily operation of the Suicide Prevention Program and providing accountability for program effectiveness and modification of service patterns to enhance customer satisfaction. Responsible for the fiscal aspects of the Suicide Prevention Program to include related fund control points, purchasing, and monitoring resources and making budget adjustments as needed to support the program annually. Supervises the Suicide Prevention Case Managers, including assigning their work clinically and administratively. Responsible for the hiring and performance evaluations and disciplinary actions for Suicide Prevention Case Managers and any other assigned staff. Responsible for the provision of timely care in response to consults received from the VA Crisis Line, other providers, both inpatient and outpatient. Other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600063000
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.