This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Veterans' Health Administration (VHA) as part of its efforts to innovate and transform health care has nationally implemented Tele-health services, including, specifically, tele-mental health services. Tele- mental health modalities, such as Clinical Video Tele-conferencing (CVT) offers the ability to provide specialized mental health services and interventions to Veterans in remote and rural areas who may otherwise have limited access to these services. The delivery of mental health services will be through "hub and spoke" from the VA Medical Center in Fresno, California to Community Based Outpatient Clinic's (CBOC's) in Tulare, Merced, and Oakhurst through clinical video tele- communication/conferencing. This Senior Social worker will be part of Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) team whose primary location is the VA Medical Center in Fresno co-located in the Primary Care Clinic. The primary job functions of the Senior Social worker will be to assist in the delivery of evidence-based care for primary care patients in the CBOC's identified with a variety of emotional and psychiatric problems. The identified role is as a Behavioral Health Specialist (BHS). He/She will be responsible for completing appropriate assessments, making brief interventions (to include group and individual treatment modalities), monitoring patient progress, providing education and support, and ultimately influencing patient adherence to medical treatment recommendations by providing timely feedback to primary care physicians and collaboratively making appropriate care decisions. In some cases, the senor social worker is asked to provide education of staff, including classroom instruction, in addition to supervision of trainee's clinical work. Likewise, they may have research, supervisory or administrative/managerial duties as needed and when approved by the Chief of the Mental Health Service. This is not a virtual position. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am 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.