The Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) is seeking a Senior Social Worker- Emergency Room. These positions will be located in Houston, TX. Current permanent VA employees and Federal employees from other federal agency should apply under CBST-11295262-22-LG. This position will be responsible with assessing and assisting patients presenting to MEDVAMC requesting or requiring Social Work services. The social workers assigned to these areas independently provide psychosocial assessment; The health care and psychosocial problems and needs are complex and require clinical oversight, coordination and creative problem-solving. The incumbent in this position will require a high degree of clinical knowledge and experience dealing with critical care, death & dying, dual diagnosis, domestic violence, substance abuse, homelessness and other issues. Social workers are assigned by unit and/or teams, but provide routine coverage for each other and are adept at assessing and planning for all medical issues covered in these areas. The ED Social Worker works closely with ED, Triage, and Inpatient Staff. In addition they work collaboratively with Grant & Per Diem Program, HUD-VASH,HCHV Drop In Center. Independently performs case finding functions and outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs. Incumbent must possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups. Independently conducts psychosocial assessments and makes psychosocial diagnoses based on assessment. Develops treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Incumbent possesses the skills to offer psychosocial interventions and measures outcomes to interventions. Independently identifies high-risk patients and provides case management services. Incumbent provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint, coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members. Has working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 10 pm to 8:30 am; rotating shifts Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Senior Social Worker - Emergency Room/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.