Job opening: Social Worker - Prime Care-Mental Health Integration (PCMHI)
Salary: $72 561 - 114 126 per year
Published at: Sep 19 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application.
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The Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) is seeking a Social Worker - Prime Care-Mental Health Integration (PCMHI). This position will be located in Houston, TX.
If you are not a current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency or a current/past/upcoming VHA Health Professions Trainee (HPT) Graduate, you should apply CBST-12129100-23-LG.
The social worker in this position it is expected to provide a full range of psychodiagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. The social worker applies principals of population based care (defines role and identifies problems rapidly). Initial appointments are based on functional assessments and treatment focuses on functional outcomes. The social worker is expected to provide brief mental health and behavioral interventions (e.g., 1 - 6 sessions for broad range of concerns) and use time-limited, evidence-based, interventions that are simple and concrete. The social worker provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including: individual and group therapies. The social worker is expected to use self-management/home-based practice interventions while also using brief measurement-based care routinely (e.g., PHQ-9, PCL, AUDIT C, etc). In addition, the social worker triages appropriately and efficiently to specialty mental health services.
The social worker will routinely consult with PCPs and other PACT team members about plan of care for patients, conduct effective curbside consultations and uses warm hand off strategy, and integrates within primary care team and work closely in collaboration with PACT teams. The social worker is responsible for attending PACT meetings and daily huddles. The social worker routinely provides feedback (verbal and/or written) to PCP and other PACT members same day as referrals are received. The social worker provides education to PACT on mental health and behavioral health issues as well as consultation on tips for successful care management and patient facilitation, even when there is no direct patient contact.
Social worker is able to coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs, and community agency programs.
Social worker possesses general knowledge of Veterans' benefits and services relating to special programs, service connected compensation, non-service connected pension and facilitates referrals based upon Veterans' needs and eligibility.
Work Schedule: Alternate to include evenings and Saturday
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: 580-00200-F
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
EDRP Authorized: Contact [email protected]
, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education. Have a master's degree in social work 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 status 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 the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work.
Licensure-Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/.
Exception. VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies at the GS-9 grade level. For the GS-11 grade level and above, the candidate must be licensed or certified. (a) For appointments at the GS-9 grade level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master's level within three years of their appointment as a social worker. Most states require two years of post-MSW experience as a prerequisite to taking the licensure/certification exam, and VHA gives social workers one additional year to pass the licensure/certification exam. In states such as California, Washington, and others where the prerequisites for licensure exceed two years, social workers must become licensed at the independent, master's level within one year of meeting the full state prerequisites for licensure.
English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f).
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).
GS 09 Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills.
(b) Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed.
(c) Ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques.
(d) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies.
(e) Fundamental knowledge 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.
GS 11 Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates
Experience and Licensure. Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. NOTE: For appointment licensure or certification at this level please refer to paragraph 3c.
Education. In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
(b) Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds.
(c) Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan.
(d) Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals.
(e) Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.
References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39 Social Worker Qualification Standard.
Experience providing evidence-based psychotherapies including but not limited to: Ml/MET, CBT, ACT and experience providing measurement based care (PHQ9, GAD7, PCL, AUDIT C, etc.)
Working on an interdisciplinary mental health team
Experience providing individual and group psychotherapy
Adapting technology and computer assisted programs to deliver treatments and improve treatment outcomes.
Experience completing diagnostic mental health intakes.
The full performance level of this vacancy is 11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 09 to 11.
Physical Requirements: Performing activities such as sitting, walking, standing, bending and carrying items such as books, papers and files are required.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
- Address Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030
- Name: Lakayal Givens
- Phone: 3187092538
- Email: [email protected]