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 The Senior Social Worker assigned to the Rural Mental Health Program functions at the advanced practice level and provides evidence-based treatment as well as intensive case management services for all types of mentally ill Veterans enrolled in VA Pacific Islands Health Care System. The Senior Social Worker performs specialized treatment of complex mental illness and serves as a case manager and therapist at the advanced practice level in a community or CBOC setting. The incumbent incorporates complex multiple causations in formulating a differential diagnosis and treatment of Veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. The incumbent employs a high level of skill and expertise to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships. The incumbent provides clinical services to promote sustained community stability and address issues related to chronic mental illness, homelessness, and other complex/diverse psychological challenges. Clinical interventions are typically provided in the CBOC, in the Rural extension sites in the program, via telehealth and Home Telehealth, but at times also in the Veteran's home or in the community through individual psychotherapy, case management, and the mobilization of community resources. The Rural Mental Health program utilizes a Veteran-centered approach in an effort to engage Veterans and their family members in order to maximize optimal psychological and social-emotional wellness. The goal of treatment is, additionally, to educate the Veteran about the nature and impact of their mental conditions, to reduce and manage symptoms and restore their highest possible level of function. It is the responsibility of the incumbent to engage the Veteran, and, also the family, significant others, community agencies, and other involved staff/providers as appropriate while providing clinical services to the Veterans enrolled. This includes high-quality case management, clinical assessments and treatments, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community-based providers and programs. This is accomplished in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team and the Rural Health extension staff when relevant. The incumbent represents the VA in the community by way of developing community partnerships and preparing presentations for community provider groups to support Veteran health and wellness. The Program serves all genders and ages and utilizes VA-approved technology to expand the reach of services. ~Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be approved for a highly qualified candidate~ Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm 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.