The Social Worker (Suicide Prevention) works for the Mental Health Service at the Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center. The Suicide Prevention Senior Social Worker (SPC) will serve to facilitate implementation of suicide prevention strategies within the medical center to help ensure that all appropriate measures are being taken to prevent suicide in our patient population. Duties may include but are not limited to the following: facilitates efficient and appropriate delivery of Mental Health Services across episodes of care within the Medical Center and Community-based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). plans, develops, implements, and evaluates the facility Suicide Prevention Program to ensure continual quality improvement and excellence in customer service; programmatic responsibility and responsibility for overseeing daily job duties of facility staff assigned to the Suicide Prevention Program; these include social worker case managers and administrative program support staff; maintains the list of patients who have a Category II Patient Record Flag for suicide and reviews the list at least every 90 days; develop partnerships with their facility Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Coordinators, Patient Safety Managers (PSM), Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Coordinators, local Vet Center staff, residential care teams and local mental health teams; establishes performance and outcome standards for the facility Suicide Prevention Program that promote quality and efficiency of services in coordination with the overall goals of the medical center and those of the VISN and VA Central Office; ensures that the Suicide Prevention Program is interdisciplinary and fully integrated with the inpatient and outpatient medical programs; provides follow-up on referrals received from staff as a result of the Operation S.A.V.E. training; other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00a - 4:30p Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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