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    Summary

    The Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator is a Social Worker who will serve to facilitate implementation of suicide prevention strategies at a local level through education, monitoring, and coordination activities.

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    Responsibilities

    The primary responsibilities of the Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator include monitoring list of veterans determined to be at high risk for self harm, providing education to all front line and clinical staff regarding risk factors and protective factors for suicide, educating clinical staff regarding safety planning with their patients, networking with community partners, providing programmatic guidance for the team of suicide prevention specialists, providing timely and accurate responses to all action items regarding suicide prevention program.

    In addition the Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator is an integral part of the Suicide Prevention Team and provides the following functions:

    • Responds to consults from the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and coordinates the follow up care for these veterans and families.
    • Responsible for reviewing all veterans whose charts have been flagged due to being at risk for self harm. Assuring that all veterans on the facility tracking list are being followed closely by the appropriate provider.
    • Works with community resources such as VSO's and other community groups to assure that they are aware of how to recognize Veterans at risk for suicide and their options for getting these Veterans assistance.
    • Develops and implements an ongoing education plan for providers, veterans, families, and members of the community on risk factors and warning signs for suicide, and treatment options.
    • Assures that all of these patients have a 24-hour resource number to call and ways to get assistance if an immediate crisis should occur.
    • Provides referrals to VA medical and mental health treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, as well as community-based social services or other non-VA entitlement programs.
    • Assesses high risk factors, acuity, and the need for services.
    • Ability to serve veterans who tend to have frequent and severe crises, or an inadequate community support network, those that frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or have significant deficits in coping and require continuing professional psychosocial support.
    • Participates in the assignment of veterans to treatment teams and programs. Consults with other specialists in planning treatment for veterans and with co-morbidities.
    • Develops working relationships with other organizations having responsibility for the same patient population.
    • Maintains a current and productive network of referral resources.
    • Monitors veteran's progress, and maintains comprehensive documentation, ensures expert diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders and shows competent discretion in decision to adjust treatment.
    • Makes recommendations for and changes to treatment plans with coordination from other providers and programs.
    • Provides orientation and on-going training for interdisciplinary team members and conducts staff development programs for mental health service and takes responsibility for providing opportunities to help staff update their mental health professional practice skills and acquire new knowledge in contemporary treatment modalities.
    • Serves as a mentor to other Social Workers, particularly those at the entry level and to Social Work graduate students. Is viewed by Social Workers and Mental Health staff as a senior clinical with advanced practice skills and expertise.
    The incumbent is a Social Worker who has developed professional, clinical and advanced practice skills are routinely used to treat veterans with complex problems.

    Evaluates his/her practice on an on-going basis through participation I professional peer review, case conference, research studies, or other organized means. Is active in and accepts responsibility for the development and maintenance of professional standards of treatment.

    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, from 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Some evenings, weekends and on-call responsibilities may be required. Flexible schedules may be considered.
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

  • Job family (Series)

    0185 Social Work

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/563550300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.