The Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) plays an integral role in providing direct support to Veterans while fulfilling key outreach and training responsibilities as part of VA's public health model. He/She serves as subject matter experts for all matters related to preventing Veteran suicide. Major duties and responsibilities include: Tracks and reports on Veterans who have attempted suicide or are at high risk for suicide. Responds to referrals from staff members, Veteran self-referrals, the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL), and other touch points to ensure that at-risk Veterans receive care and services. Ensures that all VA staff members have received required discipline-appropriate suicide prevention training. Provides clinical services in serious and complicated cases, and carries full professional responsibility for cases presenting with a wide range of psychosocial and environmental problems. Provides training to both clinical and nonclinical staff within VA to identify and respond to Veterans who are at increased risk for suicide; providing training to community organizations and staff who have contact with Veterans. Collaborates with community organizations and partners to increase awareness of suicide prevention best practices and provides training to individuals who have contact with Veterans Provides general consultation to providers on available resources for suicidal individuals, as well as expertise and direction in the areas of system design to prevent deaths by suicide. Work Schedule: 7:45am - 4:30pm, evenings, nights and weekends at the direction of supervisor to meet facility/patient needs Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker (Suicide Prevention Coordinator)/PD06986A 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.