Provides short-term services to assist patients and families/significant others cope with personal, financial, psychosocial and environmental problems associated with the patient's medical and/or psychiatric diagnosis and/or changes in their medical condition. Knowledge and experience in working with specific patient populations that may include but are not limited to: children, frail elderly, vulnerable adults, victims of interpersonal violence and sexual assault, uninsured and financially marginalized patients, drug addicted infants and mothers, patients impacted by mental illness or chemical dependency.
Provides emotional support to patients and families coping with fears concerning disabilities, illness and acute grief. Provides information and counseling on community resources, crisis prevention and long term planning.
Responds to trauma codes and provides support and counseling as needed
Assesses patients presenting with psychosocial issues using standardized assessment process. Screens for continuing care needs.
Develops appropriate disposition plan
Facilitates and/or participates in interdisciplinary care conferences for care planning and goal clarification
Assesses for suicide risks, chemical dependency and other behavioral health needs. Makes referrals to appropriate services.
Screens patients as part of the triage process to determine continuing care needs; makes referrals as appropriate, or arranges admission to Hospice, Respite care, SNF or ECF. etc.
Assesses hospitalization needs and facilitate referrals for voluntary or involuntary admission for detox/substance abuse treatment and Arranges for voluntary psychiatric hospitalizations, statewide
Assesses for abuse/neglect, exploitation or abandonment and follows mandatory reporting guidelines. Assists staff with placement of children into custody of CPS or adoptions.
Meets with patient, planning adoption following delivery to confirm plan, provide emotional support and oversight to assure legal requirements are met
Works collaboratively with nursing staff to triage inpatient screening, discharge planning, psychosocial assessment, and/or crisis intervention
Documents all patient interventions and referrals
Develops and maintains community resource materials for use by staff and patients
Provides continuing education to staff on health resources, and reportable events issues pertaining to social work services, mental health
May arrange and lead meetings, gather statistics and report data to national registries
Attends multidisciplinary rounds daily
Education and/or Experience
Washington State Licensed Independent Social Worker, Registered Counselor or Agency Affiliated Counselor is required. Also required: 2 years recent MSW experience in health care setting. Supervision for licensure is available for qualifying employees
Valid Washington state driver's license
Masters in Social Work
Masters in LICSW
Minimum two years' MSW experience in healthcare setting, clinical social work in similar setting or case management role preferred. Medical social work experience
Previous leadership experience
1.0 FTE; 40 hours/week; Day Shift