The Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor will serve to facilitate implementation of suicide prevention strategies within the medical center to help ensure that all appropriate measures are being taken to prevent suicide in our patient population. The Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor facilitates efficient and appropriate delivery of Mental Health Services across episodes of care within the Medical Center and Community-based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). This position plans, develops, implements, and evaluates the facility Suicide Prevention Program to ensure continual quality improvement and excellence in customer service. The Suicide Prevention Coordinator has programmatic responsibility and responsibility for overseeing daily job duties of facility staff assigned to the Suicide Prevention Program; these include social worker case managers and administrative program support staff. Duties include, but are not limited to: Responsible for tracking and reporting all suicide attempts and completions at their facility, including the submission of a monthly report to the National Suicide Prevention Coordinator; Maintain the list of patients who have a Category I Patient Record Flag for suicide and reviews the list at least every 90 days; Assists the Patient Safety Manager (PSM) with Root Cause Analyses (RCA), if an RCA is done concerning patients who have attempted or committed suicide, in accordance with 1 ON Suicide Prevention memorandums and the 1 ON Guide to VHA Issue Briefs; Establish relationships with local and state suicide prevention organizations, local crisis line organizations, and local Veteran Service Organizations (VSO's); Establish performance and outcome standards for the facility Suicide Prevention Program that promote quality and efficiency of services in coordination with the overall goals of the medical center and those of the VISN and VA Central Office; Manage the daily operation of the Suicide Prevention Program and provides accountability for program effectiveness and modification of service patterns to enhance customer satisfaction; Oversees the Suicide Prevention Case Managers, including monitoring their caseload and the advocacy services provided to high risk for suicide veterans in their caseload; Documents, when appropriate, the nature of follow-up and plans for continuing treatment in the electronic medical record; Provide follow-up on referrals received from staff as a result of the Operation S.A.V.E. training; Incumbent is knowledgeable about current network of referral resources to include substance abuse treatment, outpatient medical and/or psychiatric care, vocational rehabilitation, etc. and with VSOs; Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00a - 4:30p rotating call 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.