*Incentives Not Available* This Social Worker is assigned to the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) with responsibility to provide social work services to Veterans receiving care in at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The Social Worker will provide open access to Veterans seeking a wide variety of services related to psychosocial issues and their health care needs. The Social Worker is responsible to provide a variety of services for Veterans assigned to a Primary Care Provider in a specialty clinic or program, including psychosocial assessments, treatment planning, short-term, solution focused counseling with individuals and families who may be in crisis, education and referral for resources and benefits, and case management. As a member of the interdisciplinary treatment teams in PACT, the social worker will use their educational training, clinical experience, and knowledge of VA policies and JCAHO standards to administer direct services: psychosocial assessment of patient/family needs in relation to the provision of interdisciplinary treatment planning and service delivery; individual, group, and family counseling and casework services for the purpose of addressing identified needs. The social worker is responsible for the implementation of program policies and procedures developed by the VAMC and by the Social Work service. Treatment is based on coherent empirical and theoretical rationale and is consistent with patient rights. The individual maintains comprehensive patient progress notes which include plans for the best options and outcomes. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned by the team/group leader as needed for the benefit of the Veteran, family, and quality of services provided. The individual works in care line clinics or programs and may be required to work an irregular tour of duty and/or weekends, depending on the needs of the service. Some of the PACT Social Worker roles, duties, and responsibilities include: Conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of Veterans and family members. Participate in the treatment planning process with other disciplines. Provide individual, family, and group counseling as appropriate. Provide consultation/education to Veterans and families on community resources, advance directives, and VA benefits. Act as a consultant to other team/staff members. Provide consultation/education to medical teams and providers on social work practice and VA policies and procedures. Act as a liaison between VA and community resources, to include some marketing and public relation duties as needed. Provide case management to Veterans and families as needed throughout the continuum of care. Provide a full range of social work services within commonly accepted standards of social work practice which include case work, individual, family and group counseling, discharge planning, case management and other services as appropriate. Address issues such as advance directives and organ donation in accordance with the standards of their work area. Provide wellness/prevention education and facilitate patient/family meetings and support groups as appropriate. As appropriate, supervise the practice of social work students or be a lead and mentor for less experienced social workers. Coordinate treatment and communicate with the care lines to facilitate continuity of care for Veterans. Participate in committee assignments, as deemed necessary by the service manager. Maintain data and statistical compilations to comply with JCAHO, VA and medical center policies and procedures. Assist patients and their significant others with coping and dealing with loss and grief experiences such as disability, terminal illness, and death. Document social work interventions and activities in the patient's clinical record utilizing CPRS and/or Report of Contacts. The individual will ensure appropriate hand off when the Veteran is transferring care. GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 Social Work series for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-185-9 level are working toward completion of the prerequisites for licensure. Social workers at the GS-185-9 level must be closely supervised by a licensed social worker. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri 8:00 am to 4:30pm. 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.