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    Summary

    The Mental Health Service Line is currently recruiting for one (1) Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, 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 or Psychologist.

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    Responsibilities

    The Licensed Professional Counselor practices in the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System
    (VA ECHCS). This position is assigned to the outpatient Substance Use Disorders Clinic (SUD Clinic) at the Pueblo Community Based Outpatient Clinic under the Mental Health Service. The incumbent 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. The incumbent provides these services for Veterans in the full spectrum of outpatient SUD Services. Outpatient services may include Intensive Outpatient Program, Regular Basis.

    • The incumbent, being trained 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.
    • The incumbent, being trained 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. As case manager, the incumbent attends 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.
    • The incumbent, being trained and experienced in crisis management, provides same-day 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.
    • The incumbent, 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.
    • The incumbent assesses patient interest in and eligibility for Medication Assisted Therapies and provides referrals for evaluation for these treatments.
    • The incumbent 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.
    • The incumbent is 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
    • The incumbent actively participates in weekly staff meetings and team huddles regarding clinical, administrative, and staff development issues.
    • The incumbent maintains up-to-date charting in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS), documenting all assessment, treatment and case management contacts with patients. Documentation meets all local, state, and national guidelines and is completed in a professional and timely manner.
    • The incumbent actively participates in program planning and development, making recommendations for changes in policies and procedures as needed, as opportunities arise.
    • The incumbent takes responsibility for meeting continuing education requirements and completing all mandatory trainings including those accessed on the Talent Management System (TMS). The incumbent participates in the planning and executing of specific staff-development projects, attends seminars and other training events, and participates in the training programs of other disciplines (psychology, psychiatry, nursing, addiction counseling) as requested.
    • 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.
    • The incumbent may 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.
      Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/579353700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.