PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION
The purpose of the role of Social Worker, Behavioral Health, is to assist in identifying, addressing, evaluating, and carrying out plans for behavioral health related needs for patients being treated in the Emergency Department, Medical Surgical Units, Intensive Care Units of BVH and Orchard Hall as needed.
Duty 1: The Social Worker assesses and documents the physical and psychosocial needs of the patient in a timely manner to ensure safe and effective discharge plans.
Duty 2: The Social Worker participates in interdisciplinary rounds and communicates as needed with associates, physicians, and outside referral services to enhance continuity of care.
Duty 3: The Social worker participates in various committees and meetings to contribute information regarding utilization of services and quality of healthcare for the purpose of improving patient care and outcomes, as assigned.
Duty 4: The Social Worker guarantees the safety of patients by reporting suspicions of abuse and neglect to Protective Services.
Duty 5: The Social Worker counsels with patients and families as indicated to present behavioral options toward enhancing life skills.
Duty 6: The Social Worker, on an ongoing basis, helps to maintain accurate information about provider agencies and community resources to better assist with appropriate linkages of patients and families to these services.
Duty 7: The Social Worker implements process improvement determined to continually enhance quality of services provided, as needed.
Duty 8: The Social Worker works on a rotation basis to ensure 24 hour coverage for emergent issues which includes weekends, holidays and on-call.
Duty 9: The Social Worker meets in individual, family/support system, and/or group sessions to facilitate increased understanding of the patient's treatment needs and coordination of care, as needed.
Duty 10: The Social Worker performs ongoing utilization review of patients admitted to the psychiatric unit to ensure appropriate levels of care and utilization of services are maintained, to avoid penalties, and denials of reimbursement.
Duty 11: The Social Worker documents accordingly to meet regulatory requirements and billing purposes.
Duty 12: The Social Worker provides the above duties throughout the Hospital and Emergency Room as necessary.