The Senior Social Worker Admission Coordinator has experience that demonstrates possession of advance practice skills and judgment, at least two years of which should be in an area of specialized social work practice. The Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP), otherwise known as the Domiciliary, operates within a large and complex section of the Mental Health Service Line at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, American Lake Division. The Senior Social Worker Admission Coordinator makes independent professional decisions and recommendations for agency action; the consequences to the Veteran of these decisions may be quite serious. The Senior Social Worker manages incoming referrals to the Domiciliary. Referral management includes screening appropriateness for residential level of care, communicating with referral sources, and assisting Veterans with the logistics of arriving to the program. Work involves intensive social work services requiring the exercise of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of complex social work practice skills not typically required in routine social work interventions. The Senior Social Worker has mastered a range of specialized interventions and provides consultation to colleagues, renders professional opinions based on experience and expertise, develops new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention, and incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnoses and treatment. The Senior Social Worker utilizes outcome evaluations to further treatment and designs system changes based on empirical findings. Duties include, but are not limited to: Provide a full range of services within the Social Work Scope of Practice based on Veteran needs, acuity level, and preferences for care. Services may include, but are not limited to, the following: case management; individual, family, and group therapy; discharge planning; resource linkage; and care coordination Provides consultation and psychoeducation to Veterans and Veteran families on topics including community resources, Advance Directives, VA benefits, budgeting, activities of daily living, and recovery goals Act as a consultant to other team/staff members and take a lead clinical role in case consultation Fulfills ethical responsibilities to Veterans, colleagues and VA in accordance with NASW Code of Ethics, VHA Code of Ethics, and local ethics policies Documents all Veteran care in the electronic health record in accordance with facility policy, VHA Directive 1162.05 (and revisions), and program-specific SOPs Ensures compliance with standards and expectations of Joint Commission, CARF, and other relevant accrediting bodies Assists program leadership in accreditation preparation and continuous readiness activities as requested Provides supervision to students, interns, or unlicensed Social Workers as requested Maintains familiarity and responsibility for all behavioral health performance measures Assists in development and maintenance of operational plans and strategic goals related to these measures Takes responsibility for improving professional competencies by participating training programs and continuing education Maintains accurate records of trainings in accordance with VA policies and state licensure requirements Evaluates own practice through professional peer review, case conferences, and other means Completes all mandatory VA trainings in a timely manner Provides training, education, and consultation to trainees, VA staff, and community partners as a subject matter expert in specialized practice area(s) Supervises trainees & unlicensed staff in the provision of mental health care in a residential setting Serves as a consultant and subject-matter expert to clinical staff Participates in facility and VISN committees relevant to MH RRTP specialty care Leads advertising and outreach efforts for MH RRTP Services nationally, across the VISN, and in the Puget Sound catchment area and in community agencies serving Veterans Performs other related duties as assigned Work Schedule: Tuesday - Saturday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, but could include evenings based on applicant interest 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.