Seeking Social Worker with at least two years in the area of geriatric social work practice to provide Psychiatric Health Services to the Veterans enrolled in the Outpatient Geriatric Mental Health Team at the VAMC in Decatur, Georgia. These services include high quality case management, psychosocial assessments, treatment plans, family therapy as appropriate, caregiver support, crisis intervention, risk assessment, suicide assessment, placement, advocacy, and coordination of services within the VAMC or the community. Psychosocial Assessment-The social worker will develop a psychosocial assessment of the Veteran and develop a treatment plan according to this clinical information. Goals are established according to the presenting problem and may also include the assistance from family members or significant others. The goal of the assessment is to provide a comprehensive assessment of the Veteran's biopsychosocial status. The assessment highlights the Veteran's strengths and limitations, support systems, and level of functioning. In order to optimize the outcome. The assessment also provides a multiaxial diagnosis of the Veteran's psychiatric condition, medical status, stressors, and level of function related to activities of daily living. The incumbent 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 other age related conditions. Assesses for elder abuse/neglect/exploitation and can document and make appropriate contacts related to these assessments. Treatment Planning/Goal Setting - the social worker is responsible for developing the treatment planning and goal setting achievable treatment goals with the Veteran/family. The treatment plan is essential in monitoring, measuring, and evaluating the progress of the Veteran. The treatment plan is an elastic tool that requires updating and revision depending on the changes that are encountered. The goal of the treatment plan is to provide a clinical map that serves as a tool to guide the clinician in monitoring and measuring the goals and objectives. The treatment plan is also a clinical intervention that outlines the steps that are necessary to stabilize the patient and restore balance. Referrals to Service Providers-throughout the course of treatment the social worker is the steward of VA and community resources. The social worker will collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the Veteran's needs. The social worker is responsible for educating the Veteran and /or caregiver of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference or that of his/her surrogate decision-maker. The social worker may be asked to assist the Veteran and/or family in understanding levels of care and when /how to move to increased geriatric care due to physical health or cognitive needs. Resource Usage/Development-the social worker is responsible 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, including Geriatric focused services such as Alzheimer's Association, Adult Day Care, Meals on Wheels, and similar programs. Advocacy - Social worker understands the intimidation of bureaucracy and will act as an advocate when in services the best interest of the Veteran/family. When appropriate and feasible, social worker will educate and encourage the Veteran /family to advocate on their own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. Social worker is experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs. Social worker has 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 MHC and Geropsychiatry clinic at the VA Medical Center. Work Schedule: Tour of duty will be determined by management at the time an offer is made. TELEWORK ELIGIBLE: Yes negotiable 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.