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 Assigned to Behavioral Health Service, which has responsibility for providing a full range of behavioral health services to veterans and families. Provides Behavioral Health services to the Veterans enrolled in the El Paso Texas VA Health Care System. This includes high quality case management, clinical treatment, advocacy, and coordination of care to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies as needed by the patient. This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary treatment teams as appropriate. Duties include but are not limited to: Screening/Assessment - Develops an assessment of the veteran, through a bio-psychosocial that includes a diagnosis. Works in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the veteran, family members and significant others. Demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all adult patients including geriatric patients related to their physical limitations, psychological needs and age associated illnesses and conditions. Develops a treatment plan with the veteran based on this assessment. Conducts assessment of the patient and in accordance with the patient's life plan. Treatment Planning/Goa/ Setting- Develops the treatment plan, and sets achievable treatment goals with the veteran/family from the bio-psychosocial. The treatment plan will be completed by the patient's third visit for mental health services. Updates plan every six months or more frequently if there is a change in the patient's condition or needs. Treatment - Provides individual, family and group psychotherapy. Provides independent case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans. Referral to service providers - Serves as subject matter expert on VA and/or community resources. Collaborates with other service providers in reassessing the veteran's needs. Maintains responsibility for educating the veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assist them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. Resource Usage/Development - Maintains responsibility for using the current social work resource file of VA and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of veterans. The social worker will refer the veteran to needed services. Advocacy- Understands the intimidation of bureaucracy and acts as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the veteran/family. educates and encourages the veteran/family to advocate on their own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. Crisis Intervention - Makes rapid assessments and develops crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs. Maintains access to multiple resource directories in addition to previously developed resources to meet the demands of a crisis. In the event of a medical or psychiatric emergency, staff will follow the protocol of the VA Medical Center. Education/Health promotion and prevention - Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will and will refer veterans/families to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs. Coordination of non-institutional and institutional services - Reviews progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of each veteran being referred for mental health services. Educates the veteran, their families and the team of all the options available to them and will collaborate with the veteran and family on the preferred option. Supportive & Empirically Based Counseling I Therapy - Provides the veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling. Attends VHA training on the provision of Evidenced-based psychotherapies to provider services in order to provide such treatments on an on-going basis. Administrative responsibilities - Enters all veteran/family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats and templates. Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with employees, volunteers, consumers and stakeholders within the VA and outside community agencies. Attends all appropriate CBOC staff meetings (interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, Social Work staff meetings, other committees as appropriate, etc.) and performs other duties as required. Collaborates in the performance improvement processes and complies with performance measures as required by the VA for their specific population and/or program. Participates in activities that obtain feedback from clients and work to enhance services as needed. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 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.