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    The Eastern Colorado Veterans Health Care System, Mental Health Service Line is currently recruiting for one (1) Senior Social Worker for the Substance Use Disorder Clinic, at the Pueblo Community Outpatient Clinic in Pueblo Colorado.

    This is a multi-discipline position and selections can be made from the following, Social Worker, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor and Psychologist.

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    The Social Worker practices in the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System (VAECHCS). This position is assigned to the outpatient Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Clinic under the Mental Health Service. Participates as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team and provides comprehensive psychosocial assessments; individual, family and group treatment of a broad spectrum of substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders; provides triage services through same-day access clinics; and assists with drug and alcohol monitoring as needed. Provides these services for Veterans in the full spectrum of outpatient SUD Services. Outpatient services may include Intensive Outpatient Program, Regular Outpatient Program, and motivational interviewing tracks for individuals considering change.

    • The Senior Social Worker is certified in at least two evidence-based treatments (or non-VA equivalent) and has actively practiced each for at least two years. It is preferred that at least one of these directly targets Substance Use Disorders (e.g. MI/MET, CBT-SUD). The Senior Social Worker actively implements these evidence-based treatments within the SUD Clinic.
    • Additionally they functions listed below, provides clinical supervision towards licensure in social work or addictions counseling and/or actively represents the SUD Clinic in facility or VISN-level workgroups/committees.
    • Provides administrative and/or clinical coverage in the absence of the Program Manager, Detox/MAT Coordinator, or as other clinical needs indicate.
    • Trains and experienced in the assessment and treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders completes all components of the intake and assessment process and develops a treatment plan pertaining to all assessed needs.
    • Trains and experienced in case management, serves as case manager for a panel of patients, the size of which is commensurate with other clinicians on the staff of the SUD Clinic. They attend to a broad range of patient needs that are not fully met directly through the clinical services provided by the SUD Clinic itself, including but not limited to those needs dealing with physical health, employment, finances, family, social support, and housing.
    • Being trained and experienced in crisis management, provides same-day access services, as needed, for Veterans enrolled in the SUD Clinic, including referring patients for emergency medical treatment, psychiatric medication evaluation, or non-medical detoxification as well as coordinating the admission of patients to the inpatient psychiatric unit of the nearest VA Medical Center or local non-VA facilities.
    • Being trained and experienced in the treatment of patients with substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders, provides a range of treatment services, including but not limited to individuals, families, and group treatment. Group treatment includes psycho-educational as well as psychotherapeutic groups. The incumbent utilizes evidence-based treatment methods whenever possible. They employ Motivational Interviewing skills and techniques, as clinically indicated, and applies, as clinically indicated, interventions based on both abstinence and harm reduction approaches to substance use disorders.
    • Assesses patient interest in and eligibility for Medication Assisted Therapies and provides referrals for evaluation for these treatments.
    • Participates in triage services through the daily same-day access clinics and assists with drug and alcohol monitoring, as needed, in conjunction with psychosocial services.
    • Responsible for timely follow up with Veterans on their case load who prematurely drop out of treatment in compliance with any VA policies or SOPs
    • Actively participates in weekly staff meetings and team huddles regarding clinical, administrative, and staff development issues.
    • Maintains up-to-date charting in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS),
    • Completes encounter forms in expected timelines, adheres to proper coding guidelines, and strives to meet productivity targets and clinic utilization standards
    • Actively participates in program planning and development, making recommendations for changes in policies and procedures as needed, as opportunities arise.
    • Responsible for meeting continuing education requirements and completing all mandatory trainings including those accessed on the Talent Management System (TMS).
    • General knowledge of Veterans' benefits and services relating to special programs, service-connected compensation, and non-service-connected pension is required. The incumbent facilitates referrals based upon veterans needs and eligibility.
    • Provide services in Community Based Outpatient locations other than their assigned duty station and/or may provide services to these locations over Telehealth, including VA Video Connect and other technology.
    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Compressed Schedule Available
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/579353100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.