The Senior Social Worker -Community Engagement and Partnership Coordinator (CEPC) for a VISN 10 facility, reporting directly to the Director or Supervisor of Suicide Prevention at that facility. The Senior Social Worker is responsible for outreach and coalition building aimed to promote evidence based practices in suicide prevention in the community. VA is promoting this public health strategy in an effort to more effectively work toward eliminating Veteran suicide. Duties of the Senior Social Worker (CEPC) are to include, but not limited to: - Assessing Veteran risk for suicide - Identifying appropriate clinical interventions for intervening to prevent suicide - and understanding that these may vary based on individual Veteran needs - Be well versed in evidence based strategies for reducing suicide risk - Understand the difference between modifiable and non-modifiable (static) risk factors - Understand and be experienced in delivery of front-line clinical MH interventions including, but not limited to: Cognitive behavior therapies, motivational interviewing, safety planning, safety planning - Be knowledgeable about VA programs and treatment options - Be well versed in scopes of practice for disciplines commonly involved in provision of MH care - Experience participating in an RCA, knows how to create a treatment timeline, summarizing clinical care and social circumstance - Draft and review Issue Briefs in accordance with VISN and VACO guidelines - Able to function with a high degree of autonomy, self-driven - Detailed knowledge of co-occurring disorders such as substance use disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, poly-trauma, and chronic pain syndromes, as these can significantly impact on suicidal risk Familiarity with clinical and administrative principles and practices related to VA Systems. The Senior Social Worker/CEPC is responsible for helping to diffuse best practices within the facility, and beyond the facility and into the community. These will be communicated to the CEPC by the VISN 10 SP Program Manager, who will work at the VISN level to ensure all CEPCs and VISN/Facility leadership are well informed and can support the work of the CEPC. To drive program goals and practices forward, and to ensure buy in, the CEPC will attend all trainings and meetings assigned. This will help the CEPC to maintain a working knowledge suicide prevention strategies, which will help to ensure s/he is able to work effectively as expectations and information change. S/he will coordinate with their home facility Suicide Prevention team to ensure all facility stake holders are well informed. The incumbent will also participate in ongoing program evaluation and analysis, which will support further program improvements at his / her own facility, and also VISN-wide. Evaluations will be data driven, and adhere to the VA Management System, or the PDSI format. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, with variable tours, based on spoke site(s) needs (examples: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.); includes weekends and evenings based on spoke site(s) needs Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Available Virtual: available for highly qualified candidates. (candidate must be physically located within Indianapolis, Indiana commuting area) Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Incentives are not authorized for this vacancy but subject to funding. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Travel: required, applicants must possess valid drivers license There is an expectation of 5+ hours of travel per week in an urban/mixed location and additional travel may be required in highly rural areas.
Internal Number: 599687200
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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.