The Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) in the outpatient general Mental Health Clinic (MHC) is an interdisciplinary team of mental health care professionals which provides comprehensive, accessible, Veteran-centered care in partnership with the Veteran's goals. The incumbent in this position functions as a Care Coordinator for Veterans on a BHIP team and is responsible for coordination within BHIP and care continuity between levels of car Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education. Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the School of Social Work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS11 Experience and Licensure. Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. (LCSW REQUIRED) Education. In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. (b) Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. (c) Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. (d) Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. (e) Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Preferred Experience: Case Management/Care Coordination - Full Performance Level Social Worker (LCSW) is preferred The full performance level of this vacancy is GS11. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU The incumbent is responsible for completing the following duties/responsibilities: Coordination of care including serving as an advocate on behalf of the Veterans on BHIP teams to ensure comprehensive, seamless MH service. Provide a full range of services within commonly accepted standards of practice and prioritizes care coordination activities as the primary job function [e.g., needs and risk assessment, chart reviews, care or case management (as needed), discharge planning, outreach, etc.] and other services as appropriate. Provide care coordination (including care management or case management) to Veterans and families, as needed, throughout the continuum of care. This includes communication within and across care lines to facilitate continuity of care for Veterans. Assist in conducting biopsychosocial assessments and clinic orientations to determine care coordination and treatment needs of Veterans. Provide consultation/education to Veterans and families on VA resources (including self-management tools), community resources, and VA benefits. Be an active participant in the treatment planning process with other disciplines. Participate in discharge planning with other disciplines and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate to promote care continuity. Act as a clinical resource/point-of-contact to Veterans and other team/staff members. Act as liaison between VA and community resources, to include education and bidirectional communication that promotes seamless care. Though not a core function of this position, there may be times when the incumbent may provide individual, family and group counseling as appropriate. Provide wellness/prevention education and may facilitate patient/family educational/bridging supportive sessions as appropriate. Document interventions and activities in patient's electronic health record and ensure appropriate hand-off communication and documentation when transferring patient care. Maintain familiarity and share responsibility with other team members for performance measures relevant to the BHIP team. Perform other BHIP-related duties as directed by the Supervisor, such as, but not limited to: training/mentoring and oversight of new staff & those not yet clinically licensed, and preparing for and training staff on CARF & The Joint Commission standards and accreditation process. Participate in committee assignments, as deemed necessary by the service manager. Work Schedule: M-F 0800-1630 Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. At VA Long Beach Healthcare System, our health care teams are deeply experienced and guided by the needs of Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our medical center provides primary care and specialty health services, including cardiology, mental health care, treatment for spinal cord injuries and disorders, suicide prevention, women’s health services, and more.