The Access Psychotherapist/Care Coordinator provides timely intervention, brief treatment, case/care coordination, and care transition support for Veterans as a member of the Access Team within the Behavioral Health Service Line (BHSL) of the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (VA SORCC). This position is based at the main campus in White City Oregon, with occasional travel to the community based outpatient clinics in Grants Pass & Klamath Falls, Oregon Psychosocial/Psychotherapeutic Treatment and Intervention: Provides assessment and treatment of Veterans' mental health and substance abuse disorders, with the goals of quickly initiating care for Veterans who are new to the system or in transition between services or providers; assessing Veterans' needs; planning and providing care; and maximizing health outcomes and decreasing morbidity due to substance-related and mental health conditions. Incumbent's role has a direct and significant impact on the effectiveness of health care delivery to the patient population. Incumbent continuously improves individual and organizational provision of mental health care, with focus on Veterans in transition, in accordance with the agency's and Veterans' goals. Specific services include, but are not limited to:- Provides initial functional assessments of Veterans' mental health and substance abuse needs; - Provides comprehensive substance abuse & mental health intake evaluations; - Screens Veterans for risk of suicide or harm to others, and intervenes when indicated using evidence-based safety enhancement strategies; - Provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary treatment planning, with focus on integrative treatment for Veterans with co-occurring addictions and mental health disorders; - Provides time-limited individual and group psychotherapy for a full range of Veteran patients with diverse clinical needs; - Provides Evidence-Based Psychotherapies appropriate to patients' needs; - Provides evaluation and treatment through tele-health technologies, as clinically and administratively indicated; - Assists Veterans in crisis, in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Team and others. Facilitates referrals for patients in crisis, when indicated. - Monitors assigned Veterans closely, working with team to see that changes in status receive the indicated clinical attention. Documents care provided in CPRS, in full compliance with agency guidelines. Care Collaboration, Coordination, and Consultation: Actively coordinates evaluation and treatment activities with other members of the Access team in support of Veterans' transitions into care. Actively coordinates care with mental health staff and programs in Primary Care, Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP), the Homeless Outreach, and other VA and non-VA settings to facilitate referrals and transitions to appropriate services. Works actively with VA and non-VA mental health treatment teams, Veteran family members, and others invited by Veterans to participate in their care. - Develops, implements, monitors, and revises initial plans of treatment that are based best practices for Veterans assessed needs and preferences. - Facilitates warm-handoff transitions to VA and non-VA health care services as well as psychosocial support agencies - Actively collaborates with other SATP and BHIP team members to assure seamless transitions in care, with attention to Veteran safety and continuity of care; - Actively coordinates and communicates with Veterans' primary care teams and medical specialists (e.g. nutrition, palliative care, hospice) regarding Veterans' care plans and needs; - Collaborates outpatient services to support discharge planning and care transitions for Veterans new to mental health or substance abuse services. - Collaborates with military units, community agencies, and other non-VA partners to assure seamless transitions into care for Veterans not yet receiving VA care. Works closely with Healthcare Administration eligibility staff and Primary Care to facilitate timely entry into care - Establishes and maintain networks, both within VA SORCC, local CBOC's, other VISN20 sites, and agencies within the White City catchment area. Actively collaborates with these agencies to support expeditious and seamless care transitions for Veterans new to the VA or to MH services. Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 0800-1630 Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 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.