The Sheridan VA Medical Center, Mental Health Service Line is currently recruiting for one (1) Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - Suicide Prevention Case Manager. The Suicide Prevention Case Manager (SPCM) is a professional Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, and serves in conjunction with the Suicide Prevention Coordinator, providing individualized comprehensive case management, clinical services and crisis intervention to veterans deemed at an increased risk for suicide. Must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of identified high-risk veterans who are experiencing a wide range of complicated mental, emotional, behavioral, physical, psychosocial, and environmental problems. The SPCM must be sensitive to the ethnic and cultural diversity and age-specific challenges across the spectrum of veterans served and adjust intervention and treatment plans as appropriate. Works independently and collaboratively with other treatment team members, professionals, non-professionals, and others at the VA Medical Center and community agencies to assist veterans in managing their mental health problems, psychosocial needs, barriers to treatment and mitigating risk factors related to suicide. Carries full responsibility for crisis intervention and case management including short-and long-term services. Assesses the psychosocial and environmental needs or dysfunction secondary to, or exacerbating the psychiatric problems which might contribute to the risk of suicide. Establishes and maintains an intensive therapeutic relationship with the veteran, family, and/or significant others, if appropriate, and formulates treatment goals that address identified needs, stressors and problems. Provides ongoing continuity of care to veterans in conjunction with the veteran's primary care and mental health providers, and assists in the development of a structured continuum of care for each case assigned. Provides suicide prevention education to VA employees and community agencies. Case Management Responsibilities Include: - Weekly clinical contact for high-risk veterans discharged from inpatient status for the first thirty days post discharge; - Monthly contact for veterans deemed at high-risk for suicide following national guidelines, and those veterans placed on the high-risk list; - Preparation and updates in conjunction with primary mental health team of the suicide specific assessment, treatment plan, safety plan and follow-up notes including treatment plan updates. - Provision of minimum monthly clinical case management contact with all high- risk veterans in the program; - Coordination of all elements of mental health and primary care including active communication with all providers involved in the provision of comprehensive care to high-risk veterans; - Review/provision of evidenced-based treatment to high-risk veterans (i.e., group individual CBT) and completion of specialized training and/or certification in evidenced-based treatment for high-risk behavior (e.g. DBT); - Review/provision of comprehensive discharge planning and social service referrals to high-risk veterans and families; - Responds to National Suicide Prevention Hotline and internal facility calls regarding suicidal veterans; - Participation in administrative committees associated with tracking and monitoring of high-risk veterans and serving as back-up to Suicide Prevention Coordinator and other Suicide Prevention Case Managers as needed; - Tracking all suicide attempts, completions and patients with serious suicide ideation at each facility; - Tracking any no-show appointments by high-risk veterans with follow-up; - Provides case management services while utilizing professional skill, objectivity, insight, advanced clinical training, and experience to interpret data and to identify viable treatment options and recognizing potential high-risk factors, acuity, and needs for services; - Obtains any relevant HIPAA clearances to allow transmittal of facility data on suicide attempts and individuals at risk and transmitting the data following cyber security requirements as applicable for this sensitive data; - Ensuring that identified high-risk veterans have a 24-hour resource number to call and ways to get assistance if an immediate crisis should occur; - Developing and implementing an ongoing education plan for providers, veterans, families and members of the community on risk factors and warning signs for suicide and treatment options. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Compressed/Flexible: No Telework: Yes for highly qualified candidates Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Suicide Prevention Case Manager/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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.