Lead Social Worker

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

ID: 7119723 (Ref.No. ej-3684257)
Posted: December 1, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Lead Social Worker

About Us
Augusta University is Georgia's innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state. More than 9,000 students choose Augusta for educational opportunities at the center of Georgia's cybersecurity hub and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities, and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where groundbreaking research is creating a healthier, more prosperous Georgia, and world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today.

Augusta University -

Our Health Sciences Campus:
1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912

Our Summerville Campus:
2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904

Job Summary
The Director of Social Work assists in setting the vision of Integrated Behavioral Health and supporting the Complete Care Program in collaboration with the Nurse-Managed Health Center leadership team, while also working to coordinate and deliver effective mental health and social work services by providing therapeutic interventions to patients and providing supervision and oversight to interns, social workers, and behavioral health consultants. Responsibilities include: establishing policies, procedures, and protocols; developing and implementing integrated behavioral health strategic plan, and establishing relationships with public and private referral sources and community partners.

Responsible for collecting information from patients, families, and community agencies. Coordinate with the care team in the development, implementation, and evaluation of individual patient and family treatment plans. Gather information in regards to the specific community services available. To interview, assess and represent patients in order to meet their specific needs. To assess and assist with the acquisition of patient resources such as assistance with family services, child welfare, public health care and/or substance abuse management. Provide mental health services to patients and refer them to the PMHNP/Psychiatry as appropriate.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Administrative & Consultative
  • Contributes to a high performance team environment characterized by positive leadership and strong teamwork, including participation in interprofessional team meetings and project activities.
  • Provides consultation to leadership regarding integrated behavioral health concepts and methods.
  • Keeps abreast of current federal and state regulations, as well as professional standards, and makes recommendations on changes in policies and procedures to Clinical Director and Practice Manager.
  • Serves as a key advisor to the NMHC Clinical Director, Practice Manager, and other key stakeholders in order to develop strategies and objectives to accomplish client and program goals.
  • Develops training materials and provides consultative services to healthcare clinicians in recognizing and treating mental health conditions.
  • Coordinates and implements staff trainings appropriate to their role in the integrated behavioral health model.
  • Conducts training and provides learning opportunities to improve staff and care team competences.
  • Participates in Advisory Team Meetings and other meetings as assigned.
  • Develops policies and procedures related to the provision of integrated behavioral health services for the Nurse-Managed Health Center (NMHC).
  • Collaborates with NMHC leadership and care team to develop program metrics, policies, standard operating procedures and data/reporting standards.
  • Ensures high-quality behavioral healthcare service delivery by behavioral health staff and social workers.
  • Maintains and continuously improves the provision of integrated behavioral health services.
  • Maintains relationships with community and academic partners to assure access and sustainability of services.
  • Manages students from a variety of interprofessional schools/programs within the University in order to provide behavioral health training at the NMHC.
  • Obtains and maintains appropriate training and continuing education, as mandated by the state and discipline licensing agency.
    Referral & Care Process
  • Co-manages and collaborates with primary care providers and other interdisciplinary team members to assess patient needs and to develop and implement treatment plans.
  • Interviews patients to gather health history data regarding their background, needs, and progress.
  • Completes psychosocial assessments on all cases assigned.
  • Utilizes evidence-based screening tools to collect data.
  • Maintains expertise in common therapeutic modalities used in primary care settings which may include, but are not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, motivational interviewing, problem solving therapy, and behavioral activation.
  • Recognizes the signs, symptoms and treatments of the most common mental health conditions.
  • Communicates frequently with internal and external constituents regarding patient needs, response to treatment, concerns, and referrals.
  • Provides appropriate evidence-based interventions to individuals, groups and families.
  • Collaborates in the development of appropriate goal-focused, person-centered, treatment plans containing measurable goals and objectives; obtaining patient and other stakeholder (guardians, family members, payers etc.) input as appropriate.
  • Monitors, supports, and provides hands-on oversight in the delivery of behavioral health services and care management of patients
  • Maintains accurate and detailed records in the medical record, which includes entering, reviewing, and auditing records.
  • Monitors, evaluates, and records client progress according to measurable goals described in treatment and care plan.
  • Maintains communication as needed with internal/external constituents.
  • Ensures objectives and priorities for patients are aligned with the care provided in the NMHC and in support of the Complete Care project goals and objectives specifically focused on the integration of behavioral and primary care health.
  • Participates in quality and compliance reviews of assigned clinical records.
  • Participates in utilization review of all assigned clinical records.
  • Provides crisis intervention services within the scope of services provided at the NMHC. Refers individuals with complex or emergent care needs to appropriate care level for services needed.
  • Works with departmental and NMHC staff to resolve safety issues for staff and patients.

    Required Qualifications
    Master's degree in social work with a minimum of three years' relevant experience in providing behavioral health services to pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric, and prenatal populations.

    State license required; Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

    Preferred Qualifications
    Two years of previous management or supervisory experience.

    Experiences in an integrated behavioral health and primary care setting.

    Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
    Ability to maintain confidentiality
    Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
    Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases

    Shift: Part-Time (0.8 FTE); Days; Monday - Friday (Work outside of normal business hours may be required)
    Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position
    Recruitment Period: Until Filled
    Augusta University offers a variety of benefits to full-time benefits-eligible employees and some of our half-time (or more) employees.
    Benefits that may be elected could include health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, Teachers Retirement System (or Optional Requirement Retirement), as well as earned vacation time, sick leave, and 13 paid holidays.
    Also, our full-time employees who have been employed with us successfully for more than 6 months can be considered for the Tuition Assistance Program. Consider applying with us today!

    Conditions of Employment
    All candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.
    The primary work location for this position is within the Augusta University Medical Center or other Augusta University Health System Clinic Space and is subject to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guidelines. The selected candidate will be required to provide proof of COVID vaccination or an approved exemption. Your application to this position confirms you are aware of this requirement and agree to provide proof of either COVID vaccination or our organization's approval of a medical or religious exemption.
    All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during the course of their employment and beyond.

    Other Information
    This position is also responsible for promoting a customer-friendly environment, and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. “Augusta University is a patient-and-family-centered care institution, where employees partner everyday with patients and families for success.”

    Augusta University is a tobacco free environment and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

    Equal Employment Opportunity
    Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

    How To Apply
    Consider applying with us today! https://www.augusta.edu/hr/jobs/
    Select University Faculty & Staff > External Applicants if you are a candidate from outside the university
    Select University Faculty & Staff > Internal Applicants if you are a current university employee
    If you need further assistance, please contact us at 706-721-9365

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