Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (SUDS)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Big Spring, Texas
Internal Number: 626126700
The Substance Use Disorder Specialist (SUDS) position is located within the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program. The SUDS reports to the HCHV Program Manager/Coordinator and provides addiction education and relapse prevention to Veterans participating in the HCHV programs; HUD-VASH, Emergency Contract Beds, Veterans Justice Outreach, and Community Employment. The Substance Use Disorder Specialist (SUDS) participates in the service, training, consultative and other professional activities of the substance abuse treatment and functions as a full member of the multidisciplinary team. Provides services across the catchment area of the facility to support program. Performs the initial intake interview with new patients; obtaining a thorough history of substance use, legal and job-related consequences of such use, and previous treatments. Conducts the initial Intake Assessment for prospective patients, during which, treatment protocol, resources and mutual responsibilities of patients and program staff are explained in detail. Manages the execution of the treatment plan, PHQ9, and C-SSRS (as applicable by license) making timely reports of progress and new problems to the treatment team. Completes applicable measurement based instruments as allowed by licensure to meet the requirements of accreditation and national VA initiatives. Handles crisis-intervention or address other emergency situations without benefit of specific instructions. Such extraordinary interventions will be carefully documented and communicated to the team in a timely manner. Maintains knowledge of Suicide Prevention policy and procedure, recognizes warning signs for suicide ideation or recent self-directed violence, and utilizes the identified screening tools to assess suicide risk. Provisionally admits a new patient to the appropriate treatment, arranges for the other elements of the assessment protocol, identifies and arranges attention to any special psychiatric needs the new patient may have notifies the appropriate PACT, Mental Health, HCHV team members of the interventions, and identifies and obtains signed Release of Information (ROI) for individuals or entities whose knowledge of the outcome of engagement in treatment is relevant. Develops and maintains appropriate communications, rapport and positive working relationships with a variety of institutions, organizations and service providers (such as halfway houses, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, probation officers, court officers, lawyers, churches). Develops a treatment plan with patients and contributes to team decisions concerning formulation of the problem list and identification of goal-directed interventions for all HCHV patients, including all resources and/or any restrictions necessary for therapeutic progress. Responsible for formulating an effective discharge plan for each patient managed by the SUDS and for reporting to the team progress in implementing the plan. Assimilates the assessment diagnostic information discussed at clinical case conferencing, then prepares and documents the information for their assigned case load patients in the electronic health record. Participates in the planning and design of services as requested. Conducts group sessions for all patients and weekly therapeutic, short-term, in-depth counseling sessions for those patients assigned to their caseload. When assigned, the incumbent revises and implements contents/structural changes to existing groups and collaborates in program development as service need/expansion dictates. Observes for patient behaviors possibly indicating difficulty adapting or responding to treatment (such as missed assessment appointments, failure to attend or maintain abstinence, risk to self or others, disruptive behavior), completes appropriate documentation and reports concerns to the HCHV team in a timely manner. Documents all relevant encounters, visits, telephone calls, case management services, consults and referrals in the electronic health record with appropriate coding according to licensure. Trains other professionals in the use of information systems, patient management techniques, crisis-oriented counseling, discharge-planning, liaison with community resources, and other topics germane to the position. Assists in training student interns, providing education regarding clinical standards and procedures stipulated by the HCHV Program Manager/Coordinator and Chief of Social Work Service. Responsible for communicating with any agency, whether within or without the VA, regarding the progress and outcome of engagement in treatment, when that communication is identified in the treatment plan and appropriate ROI is obtained and documented. Responsible for maintaining confidentiality of all patients and both computer and information security as updated and detailed in facility policy. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0800 - 1630 Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (SUDS)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.