Social Worker Program Coordinator - Suicide Prevention
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Brick, New Jersey
Internal Number: 616407600
The Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) serves Social Worker Coordinator for the care of veterans at risk for suicide and is located in the Mental Health & Behavioral Science service line at the VA NJ Healthcare System. Functions as an advisor/consultant to facility staff, mental health leadership, the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) of MH&BS and facility leadership concerning suicide prevention strategies on an individual level, facility level and the community as a whole. Identifies veterans who are at high risk for suicide, and of High-Risk REACH Program Veterans and notifies and links these Veterans to their providers for follow up. Assigns High Risk Flags, oversees the High-Risk List and SPAN data, ensuring that every High-Risk Veteran has a completed Suicide Safety Plan, and is provided coordination of enhanced care when needed. Evaluates and develops new policies driven by local and national mandates as well as performance measures and disseminates information to staff on suicide prevention policies and procedures. Educates veterans, veteran's family members/significant others, staff and members of the community on risk factors, warning signs of suicide and treatment options. Participates on relevant committees at the VA and provides statistical program data as requested. As the SRA monitors, tracks Suicide Risk Assessment data and presents this quarterly data at the Medical Records Committee. Tracks and evaluates all suicide attempts and veterans with serious suicidal ideation at each facility and ensuring that the Suicide Behavior Report is completed for all Suicide Attempts. Teaches staff to implement the use of this report at each facility. The SPC is a co-signer or additional signer on suicide risk assessments or progress notes related to veterans on the High-Risk List as well as being made aware of all attempts or veterans with serious ideation. Assures that all referrals to the SPC team via the VA National Suicide Hotline are responded to within 1 business day. Places Veterans at High Risk on the Facility High Risk List and assuring that all veterans on this tracking list are being followed closely by the appropriate provider on a regular basis as determined by the coordinator and provider. Tracks veterans, on the high-risk list, who do not-show for appointments and following up with the veteran as soon as possible to reschedule the appointment. Maintains awareness of suicide treatment options and making recommendation to the veteran's provider when new options become available. Assures veterans on the high-risk list have the VA National Hotline numbers as well as other VA Staff contacts as contained in the Suicide Safety Plan for assistance if an immediate crisis occurs. Participates as a member of the Environment of Care Team, which includes regularly scheduled environmental rounds on inpatient psychiatric units to identity elements of the architecture or care processes from a Safety Perspective that may lead to suicidal behavior and working with team members in implementing necessary changes and follow-up as necessary. Establishes gatekeeper training program with non-clinical frontline staff such as clerks and telephone operators to assure that they are aware of options and prevention methods for Veterans with whom they come in contact, who are experiencing issues of suicidal ideation/plans in crisis situations. Works with community resources such as VSOs and other community groups to assure they are aware of how to recognize veterans at-risk for suicide and their options forgetting assistance for this population. Develops and implements an on-going education plan for providers, veterans, veterans' family members/significant others and members of the community on risk-factors, warning signs for suicide, and treatment options with the goal of heightening awareness regarding the risk of suicide among the veteran population and utilizing suicide prevention methods in addressing the problem. Interfaces with facility's Director's Office and VISN mental health leadership with by preparing "Heads Up" documents and "Issue Briefs," when indicated for suicide events and attempts. Participates in Root Cause Analysis (RCA) teams, negotiating solutions and presents outcomes to the Director's office along with team members. Oversees 3 suicide prevention case managers assigned to the program, coordinating, and assigning caseloads and ensuring staff are following the cases per VHA guidelines. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker Program Coordinator - Suicide Prevention/PD21T15A 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.