PACT Social Worker/Spinal Cord Injury/Disability Coordinator
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: White City, Oregon
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 615503300
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. Incumbent is a medical professional Social Worker assigned to the outpatient PACT and serves as the Spinal Cord Injury Coordinator for VA SORCC. The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating psychosocial problems. Social Work responsibilities include the assessment of psychosocial problems that cause distress, often impacting the health condition and creating barriers to care. These stressors can include adjustment to the current medical condition, untreated or under-treated mental health or substance abuse condition, economic instability, legal problems, and inadequate housing and transportation. Referrals typically originate from any member of the interdisciplinary PACT team, community professional, Veterans and/or their families who call or walk-in for assistance. The incumbent must complete thorough assessments to determine the underlying causes of the presenting problem(s), the interpersonal and environmental factors impacting the problem, and its affect on the patient's ability and desire to comply with the treatment recommendations by the multidisciplinary team. Incumbent will help the patient and family to understand the contributing factors to the problem(s), will discuss with them the pros and cons of possible short-term and long term solutions, encouraging them to make positive and lasting changes to reduce stressors. Incumbent will coordinate with VA staff and community agencies to assist in problem solving as needed. The incumbent will provide case management with members of the outpatient interdisciplinary team is provided in order to coordinate a collaborative effort to meet the agreed upon goals for a Veteran's treatment needs and include liaison with community professionals regarding needed services for Veterans and/or their families. As the facility's Spinal Cord Injury/Disability (SCI-D) Coordinator this position also includes regular communication and partnership with the Seattle VA Spinal Cord Injury HUB to support and assist spinal cord injured Veterans accessing services at VA SORCC. Services include but are not limited to interventions to increase access to care, including transportation assistance, financial aid services and strategies to increase income (employment, vocational rehabilitation, VA benefits, disability), and/or reduce expenses, find the appropriate housing for the patient's level of need (affordable independent housing, homeless shelters, Adult Foster Homes, Veterans Homes, assisted living, nursing homes, respite care, hospice care) and order necessary services to assist with functional decline. Independently performs case finding functions and outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs. Incumbent must possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide brief, evidenced-based psychotherapy and/or support counseling for individuals, families and groups. Independently conducts psychosocial assessments. Develops treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Incumbent possesses the skills to offer psychosocial interventions and measures outcomes to interventions. Incumbent coordinates community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. Independently identifies high-risk patients and provides case management services, including Spinal Cord Injured Veterans. Incumbent provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint, coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members. Incumbent has working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology. Independently provides consultation services to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to treatment plan. Ability to evaluate incumbents own practice through professional peer review, case conferences and other organizational means. Incumbent is able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. The Social Worker is capable of practicing at the advanced level and has specialized knowledge of practice typically related to a particular diagnosis or population. Incumbent should have at least 2 years in an area of specialized social work practice and be licensed or hold certification in a state at the advanced practice level. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM; eligible for compressed tour of duty after approximately 6 months or as determined sooner by supervisor. 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.