This position is for a Social Work Program Coordinator, Substance Use Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (SUD-IOP) in the Mental Health Service of VAAAHS. The SUD-IOP consists of a multidisciplinary staff and serves veterans with highly acute substance use, psychiatric, psychosocial and medical issues. The incumbent personally delivers and also oversees the delivery of comprehensive services and activities which serve veterans with a wide range of addiction and co-occurring problems. This position is for a Social Work Program Coordinator, Substance Use Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (SUD-IOP) in the Mental Health Service of VAAAHS. The SUD-IOP consists of a multidisciplinary staff and serves veterans with highly acute substance use, psychiatric, psychosocial and medical issues. The incumbent personally delivers and also oversees the delivery of comprehensive services and activities which serve veterans with a wide range of addiction and co-occurring problems. The SUD-IOP Lead reports to the Substance Use Disorders Clinic Chief, Mental Health Service. Coordinates the day to day professional activities of SUD-IOP staff (0.75 Physicians, 1.0 Social Workers, .5 Psychologist, and 1.0 Nurse Staff), plus guides administrative support staff deployed in the SUD-IOP. Responsibilities include active implementation of programs, policies, and procedures; oversight of administrative and programmatic resources. Further, responsibilities include monitoring of outcomes using a data-driven quality assurance process for a program that delivers specialized, complex, highly professional services that are important components of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and significantly affect the health care provided to veterans. Serves on VISN 10 work groups focusing on substance use and Mental health disorders and serves as a liaison to translate decisions related to services and programming at the local level. Provides clinical consultation to various disciplines and levels of training (psychology practicum students, psychology interns, psychology postdoctoral residents, psychiatry residents, nursing, medical residents, medical students, social work trainees). Orients, teaches and serves as a consultant to other Medical Center staff and trainees and assists in their formulation of the biopsychosocial characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients (e.g., veterans with risky alcohol/drug use through substance use disorders, other psychological and behavioral disorders). Assists Veterans in preparation of materials needed for applications to various agencies for entitlements. Identifies, develops and facilitates accessibility and utilization of VA and community resources to meet the needs of Veterans and clinics. Serves as a clinic consultant for information on negotiating the complex processes Veterans encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. Provides back-up coverage for Mental Health Service staff as requested to do so by the Chief and/or his/her delegates, Mental Health Service. Responsible to stay abreast of new clinical and administrative requirements, initiatives and resources within the VA relevant to Mental Health and Substance Use. Incumbent also stays abreast of current theory and treatment relevant to the patient population, by reading professional journals, attending conferences, clinic seminars and teleconferences. Develops and makes enhancements to treatment programming. Expected to be proficient in the use of telemental health technology (including related video/audio equipment, computer software, and faxing and copying technology) to deliver clinical services (assessment and interventions) efficiently and effectively to patients off site. Provides psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. Utilizes knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture. Utilizes independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving and evidence-based crisis intervention techniques. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and DSM-5 mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects, and medical and mental health terminology. Provide psychoeducation to Veterans and their family members regarding diagnoses, symptom management and recovery from illness. Evaluates and diagnoses mental disorders, conducts comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments with substance use disorders focus. Completes treatment planning/goal setting, case management, consultation and referral(s) to service providers and specialty treatment clinics, resource utilization and development, advocacy, crisis intervention, education and prevention, case/care coordination, and supportive counseling Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 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.