Social Worker (Interdisciplinary Team Program Coordinator)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Redlands, California
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 654185500
The Social Worker (Program Coordinator) for the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) is assigned to the Primary Care - Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) program. The Program Coordinator behaves proactively in their functioning, demonstrates leadership in the completion of duties, serves as a resource to other members of the PC-MHI inter-professional team and primary care providers within the Healthcare System, and provides clinical supervision for social work licensure. Basic Requirements Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. Licensure: Candidate must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Education: Master's degree in social work (MSW) 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 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 master's degree in social work. Preferred Experience: Experience in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration Grade Determinations: GS-12 Social Worker (Program Coordinator) Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must have at least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment. Candidate may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. Assignment: For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Program coordinators at the GS-12 grade level are administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to Veterans in a major specialty area, such as but not limited to: Spinal Cord Injury, Homeless Continuum Veteran Program, Hospice and Palliative Care Program, Suicide Prevention Program, Veterans Justice Outreach, Caregiver Support Program and Community Nursing Home Program. The program coordinator may be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area. The program coordinator oversees the daily operation of the program, develop policies and procedures for program operation, and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They may be responsible for the program's budget, developing and monitoring staff compliance with practice, standards and guidelines on documentation, workload, data entry, ethical practice and service delivery. The program coordinator provides analysis and evaluation of clinical program data and computerized programs to identify system-wide trends and needs to enhance the quality of service. They may be responsible for, or contribute to, the program's resource and fiscal management, monitoring control points developing the annual budget, operating within that budget, and accounting for appropriated funds. The program coordinator is administratively responsible for the clinical programming and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They provide leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned staff. They initiate and conduct a variety of program or service audits and complete designated clinical practice audits and reports, including productivity assessments. They oversee program operations and evaluations, identifying areas for improvement, gathering relevant data, assessing the data, developing and implementing ideas for improvement and evaluating efficacy of improvement efforts. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39 - Social Worker Qualification Standard. Physical Requirements: The work requires the psychologist to be mobile throughout the medical center as needed, involving standing, walking, bending, pushing, and lifting (moderately heavy). The psychologist should be capable of prolonged standing/walking and be physically capable of pushing equipment, wheelchairs, and patient stretcher. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Major duties include but are not limited to the following: Functions as a 'transitions of care coordinator' by promoting smooth patient flow to and from the PC-MHI model of care Serves as a point of contact for the Call Center and assists with appropriate referrals to mental health program resources Facilitates outreach to new patients assigned to PACT teams, for PC-MHI introductions and information Coordinates mental health consult assignments for follow up by team members Assigns and monitors PC-MHI staff participation in formal interdisciplinary team meetings (IDTs) with PACT colleagues Assists with patient care quality assurance by helping to train inter-professional staff on important topics, such as CPRS functions, clinical reminders, suicide prevention protocols, and documentation standards Disseminates information, and assists with training colleagues Provides PC-MHI behavioral health screenings and brief, time-limited behavioral health services related to depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other behavioral health issues for veterans seen in those clinics Conducts interventions that are evidence-based, time-limited and/or brief and may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused Therapy, stress management/relaxation training and group psychosocial education Conducts psychosocial functional assessments and develops treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team Coordinates community-based services, including information and referral for additional services Provides intensive social work service requiring the exercise of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of social work skills Performs administrative functions such as actively participating in clinic meetings and maintaining accurate records of his/her clinical interactions Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with other employees, volunteers, consumers and stakeholders within the VA and outside community agencies Attends all appropriate staff meetings (interdisciplinary treatment team meeting, Social Work staff meetings, Social Work supervision meeting and other committees and workgroups) Provides training experiences for graduate social work trainees as well as other allied health care trainees and/or may provide supervision for unlicensed staff social workers Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm\nCompressed/Flexible: May be available for highly qualified candidates\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial 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.