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Social Worker-MSW Senior (Hybrid - FT Days - LCSW Required - Integrated Care)

IU Health Physicians Support Services
Date Posted
10 June, 2024
Schedule & Shift
Full Time
Day
Requisition Number
375229
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Social Worker-MSW Senior (Hybrid - FT Days - LCSW Required - Integrated Care)

Job Description

Overview

We are looking for team members who are passionate about challenging and significant work for the good of every patient. We are searching for individuals who are compassionate, serve with a purpose, are dedicated to supporting their team, and who seek excellence every day.

We are looking for a Behavioral Health Clinician/Social Worker to join our Integrated Care Team! The Behavioral Health Clinician provides virtual services to patients in crisis and those seeking brief therapy services. The Integrated Behavioral Health team works remotely to provide services to patients across the state of Indiana. The team is engaged and supports each other through the virtual environment. Work is fast-paced and collaborative and team members work collaboratively to provide innovative models of care. Team members adapt to the changing needs of this growing program.

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The Social Worker (SW) is a core member of the integrated behavioral health care team, along with the patient’s medical provider, psychiatric consultant, and patient. The SW completes urgent behavioral health assessments and participates in developing treatment recommendations in collaboration with the treatment team. The SW is responsible for supporting and coordinating the mental and physical health care of patients on an assigned patient caseload. The SW facilitates ongoing communication with patients’ referring medical provider, as well as any other pertinent treatment providers, to ensure optimum level of care of patients. A SW effectively engages patients in brief therapeutic interventions while using evidence-based tools to assess progress. The SW communicates patient progress to the entire care team and adjusts treatment plans in collaboration with all members of the care team. Outside referrals are facilitated by the SW when patient requires alternate or higher level of care. The SW is responsible for maintaining data entry to monitor individual treatment progress, as well as overall program effectiveness.

  DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Complete virtual psychiatric assessments for patients in primary care offices who are experiencing crisis. Closely collaborate with psychiatrist, health coach, and primary care provider to determine appropriate level of intervention and follow-up.

2. Provide urgent behavioral health assessments to primary care patients in collaboration with IBH and primary care team members, including suicide risk assessment, treatment recommendations, and supporting follow-up care.

3. Screen and assess patients for common mental health and substance abuse disorders. Facilitate patient engagement and follow-up care.

4. Provide patient education about common mental health and substance abuse disorders and the available treatment options.

5. Systematically track treatment response and monitor patients (in person or by telephone) for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications.

6. Support psychotropic medication management as prescribed by medical providers, focusing on treatment adherence monitoring, side effects, and effectiveness of treatment.

7. Provide brief behavioral interventions using evidence-based techniques such as behavioral activation, problem-solving treatment, motivational interviewing, or other treatments as appropriate.

8. Provide or facilitate in-clinic or outside referrals to evidence-based psychosocial treatments (e.g. problem-solving treatment or behavioral activation) as clinically indicated.

9. Participate in regularly scheduled (usually weekly) caseload consultation with the psychiatric consultant and communicate resulting treatment recommendations to the patient’s medical provider. Consultations will focus on patients new to the caseload and those who are not improving as expected under the current treatment plan. Case reviews may be conducted by telephone, video, or in person.

10. Track patient follow up and clinical outcomes using a registry. Document in-person and telephone encounters in the registry and use the system to identify and re-engage patients.

11. Document patient progress and treatment recommendations in EHR and other required systems so as to be shared with medical providers, psychiatric consultant, and other treating providers.

12. Facilitate treatment plan changes for patients who are not improving as expected in consultation with the medical provider and the psychiatric consultant and who may need more intensive or more specialized mental health care.

13. Facilitate referrals for clinically indicated services outside of the organization (e.g., social services such as housing assistance, vocational rehabilitation, mental health specialty care, substance abuse treatment).

14. Develop and complete relapse prevention self-management plan with patients who have achieved their treatment goals and are soon to be discharged from the caseload.

  • Master's Degree in Social Work required.
  • De-escalation certification required within 6 months.
  • Permanent LSW licensure required, LCSW licensure preferred.
  • 3-5 years experience preferred in one of the following areas (mental health, Department of Child and Family Services, adult protective services, Veteran's Administration, substance abuse).
  • Requires experience working with geographically and financially diverse patient populations.
  • Requires knowledge of the impact of the disease process and of human behavior to provide psychosocial assessments, short-term therapeutic counseling and crisis intervention to patients, families and staff.
  • Requires knowledge of state and county adult and child protective legal mandates.
  • Requires knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span.
  • Maintains principles, practices and techniques of crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the community, medical teams, law enforcement, APS/CPS, schools, probation and other agencies as indicated.
  • Requires proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word.

 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at IU Health. IU Health does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, national origin, gender identity and/or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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Indiana University Health is Indiana’s most comprehensive health system, with 15 hospitals and nearly 40,000 team members serving Hoosiers across the state. Our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine gives our team members access to the very latest science and the very best training, advancing care for all. We’re looking for team members who share the things that matter most to us. People who are inspired by challenging and meaningful work for the good of every patient. People who are compassionate and serve with a purpose. People who aspire to excellence every day. People who are always ready to apply themselves.

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