Please Note: This is an EXTERNAL applicant (US Citizens). If you are a current permanent Federal employee, you will need to apply to announcement CBSS-11067200-21-MH-MJE The Social Work function is to be responsible for the implementation of Inpatient Psychiatric Care Social Work services to the veteran population enrolled at the Kansas City Veterans Medical Hospital including Community Base Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). Services include a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of veterans and/or their family members/significant others. Referrals typically originate from members of the interdisciplinary team, from veterans and/or their family members/significant others coming as walk-ins to seek assistance, and from community professionals. Working with various patient populations include, but are not limited to, homeless veterans, Hospice Services, Community Living Center, Home Health services, financial resources, VA benefits, Mental Health and transportation services. This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary team. There may be additional assignments within in-patient or other specialty programs as needed. The incumbent: (1) Must demonstrate social work knowledge and skill to work with Veterans and families who are experiencing a wide range of complicated mental, emotional, behavioral, physical, psychosocial and environmental problems. Provides individual and group treatment as needed to support stabilization, recovery and safe discharge from inpatient psychiatric care under clinical supervision. Facilitates care team meetings (to include caregivers and support persons when appropriate) prior to discharge to ensure high quality mental health care. (2) Uses the social work process (psychosocial assessment, diagnosis, and treatment) in collaboration with interdisciplinary team members to develop a care management plan and psychosocial interventions that are recovery-oriented. This includes completion of the full range of Suicide Risk Identification Strategy (SRIS) tools in accessing Veterans as appropriate. (3) Evaluates the need for mental health services and makes appropriate referrals where needed for individual, group, marital, and family treatment services. (4) Must be sensitive to the ethnic, cultural diversity and age-specific challenges of the Veteran population, and adjusts interventions and treatment plans as appropriate. (5) As a member of the health care team, participates fully in developing, planning, implementing and evaluating the interdisciplinary treatment plan, including provision of care management services. (6) Coordinates care with the interdisciplinary team to promote continuity for Veterans and their families. Work Schedule: Generally Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, with inpatient psychiatric unit coverage on weekends (currently via On-Call), and/or adjusted tours as needed to ensure quality care to veterans. Functional Statement: Social Worker (Inpatient Mental Health) / 000000 / GS-0185-00 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.