Senior Social Workers (Sr. Social Worker) typically practice social work in a major specialty treatment program area, such as a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network site, a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national Veteran's Health Administration (VHA) referral center, such as a National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or a National Transplant Center. The SPC plans, develops, implements, and oversees all components of the facility's Suicide Prevention Program. Duties include, but are not limited to: Tracking all suicide attempts and patients with serious suicide ideation through the "Suicide Behavior Report". Provides comprehensive case management by ensuring all Veterans identified as high risk for suicide receive follow up mental health care as required, coordinating services as needed. Provides crisis intervention, suicide risk assessments, and safety plans for Veterans via phone and in person. Coordinating with mental health staff and primary care staff through ongoing communication to ensure that necessary components in the veteran's care plan are addressed to include a suicide risk assessment and safety plan. Ensures the required frequency of mental health appointments are arranged for Veterans identified as high risk through this ongoing communication. Completes behavioral health autopsies as required by the National Suicide Prevention Program. Following completed suicides, provides postvention services to both surviving family members and VA staff involved in the affected Veteran's care. Participation and provision of expertise on individual root cause analysis teams. Assuring that all Veterans on the facility tracking list are being followed closely by the appropriate provider on a regular basis as determined by the coordinator and the provider. Tracking any no-show appointments by these Veterans and following up with him or her as soon as possible to reschedule the appointment. Such contacts can be telephonic or face to face. If the Veteran is unable to attend his/her appointment the SPC will be available to conduct a home visit to provide an assessment for the Veteran's ongoing mental health issues and need for monitoring. Initiating emergency interventions as appropriate to the situation, including but not limited to, contacting the Veteran's identified emergency contact and/or 911 if the safety of a Veteran is unable to be established, or it is determined that the Veteran is at imminent risk for self-harm. Disseminating, organizing, and where possible, conducting evidence-based and promising/emerging interventions. Maintaining awareness of suicide treatment options and making recommendations to the Veteran's provider when new options become available. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not require.
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.