Senior Social Worker (Suicide Prevention Coordinator) - RRTP
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: White City, Oregon
Internal Number: 622830900
The Social Worker (Suicide Prevention Coordinator) will work in the Suicide Prevention Office at the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City, Oregon with a focus on the Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program (RRTP) located at this site. ***NOTICE: This position will be filled as Social Worker or Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC). For the LPMHC announcement please refer to www.usajobs.gov, announcement CBSV-11300868-22-LH. The Senior Social Worker, Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) - RRTP facilitates the implementation of suicide prevention strategies at a local level through education, monitoring, and coordination activities. The Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program (RRTP) SPC functions as a coordinator for care of veterans at suicide risk and an consultant to the MHSL, facility leadership, program managers, and staff concerning suicide prevention strategies for individual patients, for the facility and veteran community as a whole - with a specific focus on Veterans in the RRTP. Services include assessing veterans for high risk for suicide, diagnosing mental health and high risk factors related to suicide and suicide prevention, and providing treatment options - as well as providing clinical interventions as indicated. The SPC tracks appointments and coordinates enhanced care as needed, educating providers, veterans, families, and members of the community about risk factors and warning signs for suicide. Duties include, but are not limited to the following: Responsible for tracking and reporting all suicide attempts and completions at the facility. Responsible for maintaining a facility "high-risk" list which identifies patients who have been deemed at-risk for suicide, per consultation with clinicians. Controls the Category I Patient Record Flag as it relates to suicide and limits its use to patients who meet the criteria of being placed on the facility high risk list. Maintains the list of patients who have a Category I Patient Record Flag for suicide and reviews the list at least every 90 days. Participates in the aggregate suicide Root Cause Analyses (RCA's) and individual RCA's concerning patients who have attempted or committed suicide Involved in the Environment of Care (EOC) Safety Survey. The SPC is required to assist the EOC Safety Survey team in determining actions that should be taken to improve the mental health inpatient environment. Responsible for updating and revising, as necessary, local policies related to suicide prevention training, documentation, and suicide risk assessments. Responsible for following up on consults (within 24 business hours) received from the Veterans Crisis Line to assure timely access to care and follow-up for patients in crisis. Contacts veterans who have been identified as surviving an attempt or who are identified as being high risk. Responsible for assisting in the suicide risk assessment (if clinical consultation is necessary) in individual patients in conjunction with the treating clinician and managing the Category I Patient Record Flag for patients at high risk for suicide. Responsible for continued contact and monitoring with veterans that have been identified as high-risk for suicide to assure continued care and treatment. Responsible for coordinating with providers continued contact and monitoring with veterans that have been identified as high-risk for suicide to assure continued care and treatment. Ensures that patients identified as being at high risk for suicide receive follow-up for any missed mental health and substance abuse appointments in conjunction with the clinical treatment team, and that this follow-up is documented by the MH treatment providers in the electronic medical record. Responsible for following-up on referrals received from staff as a result of the SAVE training. Provides group and individual psychotherapy and intensive case management interventions as assigned. Responsible for the delivery of SAVE training, or other approved "gatekeeper" training, to all non-clinical staff who has patient contact. Responsible for the delivery of other training programs at the site by request of the facility. Responsible for the delivery of the community version of SAVE training to community organizations that have contact with veterans. Responsible for delivering and documenting community outreach activities. Responsible for building relationships with local and state suicide prevention organizations, local crisis line organizations, and local Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs). Develops partnerships with their facility Transition Care Management (TCM) Coordinators, Patient Safety Managers (PSM), Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Coordinators, local Vet Center staff, residential care teams and local mental health teams. Responsible for staff and patient education during Suicide Prevention Month, September. Educational activities may include exhibits regarding suicide prevention. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm Telework: Not available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Senior Social Worker (Suicide Prevention Coordinator) - RRTP/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.